Crashed Ethiopian plane had at least 19 UN officials on board

Last Updated: Mar 11 2019 15:05
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According to the officials, 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 airline said the flight had passengers from at least 30 countries, some of whom were aid workers for other humanitarian organizations.

The dead included at least 32 Kenyans; 18 Canadians; nine each from Ethiopia and France; eight each from the United States, China and Italy; and seven from Britain, according to the airline, officials and news accounts. The identities of many of the victims, including the Americans, have not been released.

The World Food Program of the United Nations said seven of its employees died. Six employees from the United Nations office in Nairobi were killed, the organization said, and two from the International Telecommunications Union also died.

The crash comes as “devastating news,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a tweet, and in a later statement said the nation was offering consular assistance and working with Ethiopian authorities.