People with passports form 32 countries and the United Nations were on the Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 that crashed with 157 on board Sunday, Ethiopian Airlines said.
Kenya had the largest number of casualties with 32, followed by Canada with 18, Ethiopia with nine, then Italy, China, and the United States with eight each, CEO Tewolde GebreMariam told reporters in Addis Ababa.
Britain and France each had seven people on board, Egypt six, the Netherlands five, and India four. Four were UN passport-holders. Uganda had one.
The numbers we have so far are:
• 32 passengers were Kenyan
• 18 Canada
• 9 Ethiopian
• 8 Chinese
• 8 Italian
• 8 US
• 7 British
• 7 France
• 6 Egypt
• 5 Netherlands
• 4 UN passport
• 4 Indian
• 3 Russian
• 2 Moroccan
• 2 Israeli
• 1 Belgian
• 1 Ugandan
• 1 Yemeni
• 1 Sudanese
• 1 Togo
• 1 Mozambican
• 1 Norwegian
The pilot of a Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 that crashed six minutes after takeoff, had alerted controllers “he had difficulties” and wanted to turn back the plane carrying 157 people, the head of Ethiopian Airlines said.
The pilot “was given clearance” to return to Addis, chief executive officer Tewolde GebreMariam told journalists in the Ethiopian capital when asked whether there had been a distress call.
Uganda police force said the information circulating on social media that Commissioner of Police, Alalo Christine, who is serving under the African Union, as Deputy Police Commissioner, is the sole Ugandan victim, on the Ethiopian Flight, ET 302, that crashed this morning killing all passengers and 8 crew members, is still not confirmed.
“We are aware the senior officer travelled to Italy and was scheduled to return to her duty station, in Somalia today,” said CP Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson.
He said the Director Peace Support Operations, who coordinates all Peace keeping activities, is in touch with our Liaison Officers in Nairobi, Kenya, and in Somalia; and is yet to obtain any information surrounding the status of our Senior Officer, through the Office of the Senior Resident Commissioner, AMISOM.
The Police will quickly share any information upon obtaining details from either her duty station and or the management of Ethiopian Airlines, who have not availed any details.
“We continue to pray and hope for good news and kindly request the public and in particular her family to remain calm as we wait for any new developments.”