Ethiopian Airlines plane crash: UN secretary-general, other world leaders send condolences to victims' families

Ethiopian Airlines plane crash: UN secretary-general, other world leaders send condolences to victims' families

The Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed Sunday morning, March 10, was carrying at least 19 United Nations officials, some of whom were en route to a major UN-sponsored environmental conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

The World Food Program, the UN Refugee Agency and the Food and Agriculture Organization were among UN agencies reporting personnel losses.

The crash claimed the lives of 157 passengers and crew.

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The Boeing 737 Max crashed shortly after takeoff from Ethiopia's capital, marking the second deadly accident in five months for the new version of the company's best-selling jet. The passenger list includes 32 Kenyans and 18 Canadians, the largest two groups by nationality.

The UN secretary general has since reacted to the unfortunate incident, sending "condolences to the families and loved ones of all the victims — including our own @UN staff — who perished in this tragedy."

The president of France, Emmanuel Macron has also extended his condolences to the families of the victims, which the airline said included seven French nationals.

The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also joined "people around the world in mourning the loss of so many lives today. Our hearts are breaking for the families and friends of the 18 Canadians who were killed."

The former president of the United States, Barack Obama, has also sent his condolences.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Pius Adesanmi, popular Nigerian professor and columnist based in Canada, was also a victim of the plane crash.

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