Sunday, 10 March 2019

Another Nigerian Amb. Abiodun Bashua among victims of crashed Ethiopian Airlines plane

Two Nigerians are now confirmed to be among the 157 passengers and crew that died in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi that crashed on Sunday.

We have already reported about Pius Adesanmi, a Nigeria-born Canadian professor, who was carrying a Canadian passport.

The popular columnist and activist teaches at Carlton University in Canada.

The second person is Ambassador Abiodun Bashua of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Bashua was carrying a UN passport.

The late Bashua was former UN and AU Deputy Joint Special Representative in Darfur, Sudan.

The aircraft, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members, lost contact with air traffic controllers six minutes after taking off.

It crashed near Bishoftu, southeast of the Ethiopian capital, Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement.

The airline had earlier released list of nationalities who died in the crash, which include 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, eight Americans and seven British nationals.

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