Ethiopian airliner crash: 2 Nigerians among casualties

Nigerian prof envoy 155 others die in Ethiopian Airlines crash

A Carleton professor is among the 18 Canadians who were killed in Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines crash at the Addis Ababa airport.

The don had been involved in an accident along Oyo-Ogbomosho road last July while returning to Lagos from Ilorin to catch a flight for a meeting in Dakar, Senegal.Having being rescued, he was taken back to his base in Canada for proper medical treatment.Others onboard were 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Chinese, eight Italians, eight Americans, both France and United Kingdom have seven apiece, six Egyptians, five Germans while India and Slovakia accounted for three nationals each.

The crash occurred at Addis Ababa on Sunday.

Carleton president Benoit-Antoine Bacon said Pius Adesanmi was the Director of African Studies and a professor in the school's English Department.

Nigerians from all walks of life have been flooding Twitter with tributes and belows are some of them.

Sunday's crash comes as Ethiopia's reformist prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has vowed to open up the airline and other sectors to foreign investment in a major transformation of the state-centred economy.

There was no immediate indication why the plane went down in clear weather while on a flight to Nairobi, the capital of neighboring Kenya. At least 35 nationalities were among the dead.

Photos from the scene showed multicoloured pieces of the jet strewn across freshly churned earth. At the Addis Ababa airport, a woman called a mobile number in vain.

As sunset approached at the crash site, searchers and a bulldozer picked through the wreckage of the plane, which shattered into small pieces. As the sun set, the airline's chief operating officer said the plane's flight data recorder had not yet been found.

Black body bags were spread out nearby while Red Cross and other workers looked for remains. "All we are asking for is information to know about their fate". In one photo, teams could be seen loading black plastic bags into trucks.

Moore posted on her Facebook on Saturday morning stating that should would be travelling to Nairobi, Kenya for the UN Environment assembly. UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, said staff members were among the victims, as were colleagues from the United Nations.

The Boeing 737-Max 8 is said to have crashed six minutes after taking off from Ethiopia's capital at 8:38 a.m. local time.

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