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Nigerian professor, Pius Adesanmi, 156 others die in Ethiopian air crash

Prof. Pius Adesanmi

Canadian Professor, Pius Adesanmi, has been confirmed to be among victims of an
Ethiopian Airline flight 302, which
claimed the lives of all 157 people
on-board the plane on Sunday.

Adesanmi was
a writer and literary critic, satirist, and columnist. He was carrying a Canadian
Nigerian identified was Amb. Abiodun Bashua
a former United Nations and African Union Deputy Special Representative in
was carrying a UN’s passport.
The airline’s
passenger information
showed that there were  32 Kenyans,  Canada ,18;  Ethiopian,  9; China,
Italy and USA, 8 each; France and UK, 7; Egypt, 6; Germany, 5; India and
Slovakia, 4 each; Austria, Russia, Sweden, 3 each and Spain, Israel, Morocco,
Poland, 2 each.
countries with one national on board were Belgium, Djibouti, Indonesia,
Ireland, Mozambique, Norway, Rwanda, Saudi, Sudan, Somalia, Serbia, Togo,
Uganda, Yemen and Nepal.
In a news release,
Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, said: ”It is too early to speculate the cause
of the accident and further investigation will be carried out to find out the
cause of the accident in collaboration with all stakeholders including the
aircraft manufacturer Boeing, Ethiopian  Civil Aviation Authority and
other international entities to maintain the international standard and
information will be provided once the cause is identified.”
According to
Airlines will provide all the necessary support to the families of the
The statement
disclosed that  a senior captain named Yared Getachew with a cumulative
flight hour of more than 8,000  and with a commendable performance was
commanding the flight along with first officer  Ahmed Nur Mohammod Nur who
had a flight hour of 200.
The airline
added that the crashed airplane flew back to Addis from Johannesburg Sunday
morning before being positioned for the Nairobi flight.
It said the
plane underwent “a rigorous first check maintenance  in February 04, 2019.”
The aircraft
was the same as the Lion Air plane which crashed in October, last year in
Indonesia killing 189 people on board.
Experts have
expressed concern over the fate of the B737-800.
Capt. Ibrahim
Yunusa, a veteran pilot, told Daily Trust that the aircraft might be suffering
from a design error.

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