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Several UN employees in Ethiopian Airways tragedy

Publish date: 11 March 2019
Issue Number: 814
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: General

The UN expects that about 12 passengers affiliated with the organisation were on the Ethiopian Airlines jet which crashed yesterday, but it could be more. An official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said national delegates who might have been heading to UN meetings, including the UN Environment Programme's assembly, wouldn't be included in the count. Legalbrief reports that the Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 crashed minutes after an early-morning take-off from Addis Ababa killing all 149 passengers and eight crew on board. The Independent reports that the victims include 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Italians, eight Chinese citizens, eight US citizens, seven French citizens, six Egyptians, five Dutch citizens, four Indians, four people from Slovakia, three Austrians, three Swedes, three Russians, two Moroccans, two Spaniards, two Poles and two Israelis. The carrier's CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said Ethiopian and American investigators will probe the crash.

Full report in The Independent