In its most recent update, Ethiopian Airlines has identified the national origin of 149 passengers who died Sunday aboard Flight ET302 when it crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi.
The victims, aboard the flight with eight Ethiopian Airlines crew members, came from 35 countries. One additional passenger was traveling with a United Nations passport.
Many of the victims are believed to be UN personnel and other sustainability experts from across the world, traveling to a global conference in Nairobi where the UN Environmental Program has its headquarters.
The loss of UN personnel was confirmed by Secretary General António Guterres in a statement. Indian officials said Shikha Garg, a UN consultant with that country’s environmental ministry, was among the dead.
The 32 Kenyans aboard the flight accounted for 21 percent of the passengers listed on the manifest, followed by Canadians with a total of 18 passengers. Nine Ethiopians were on board, including UN staff, and eight citizens each from China, Italy and the United States.
Among the others lost in the crash were Africans from Egypt and Morocco, with one each from Djibouti, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan, Somalia, Togo, Uganda and Nigeria. A detailed list of the passenger nationalities is available here.
“It is too early to speculate the cause of the accident and further investigation will be carried out to find out the cause,” said the airlines in a statement. Corporate officials are working with aircraft manufacturer Boeing, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and other international entities to do so.
“Ethiopian Airlines will provide all the necessary support to the families of the victims,” the company added, extending its “profound sorrow and deepest condolences” to all victim families.
The Boeing 737 MAX8 took off from Bole International Airport at 8:38 a.m. local time. Contact with the aircraft was lost six minutes later, and the crash was confirmed in Bishoftu, southeast of the Ethiopian capital. Ethiopian authorities initiated rescue operations immediately but found no survivors.
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