Two Nigerians, 155 others die in plane crash

Nigerians React To Death Of Nigerian Scholar Pius Adesanmi

Prof Pius Adesanmi

Spokesman for Ethiopian Airline in Nigeria, Mr. Ikechuckwu Uko told Daily Sun that one of the Nigerians on board the crashed aircraft was Ambassador Abiodun Bashua (who flew with a United Nations passport), while the other is Kogi-born Prof.

His death was confirmed by Sahara Reporters which said it spoke to three of his family members, a close friend and a Canadian official.

The aircraft was en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi with 149 passengers and eight crew on board.

A jetliner carrying 157 people crashed shortly after takeoff from the Ethiopian capital Sunday, killing everyone aboard, authorities said.

The names of two more Canadians that were on the plane that crashed before it reached its destination in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday have been released.

Pius Adesanmi, were among the157 persons who died in yesterday's air crash involving Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing737MAX plane that had barely taken off from the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.

Adesanmi was a native of Isanlu, in Yagba East Local Government area of Kogi State. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who knew and loved him, and with everyone who suffered loss in the tragic crash in Ethiopia".

Mitchell Dick, a Carleton student, said Adesanmi was among his most "memorable" professors. "He was a scholar and teacher of the highest calibre who leaves a deep imprint on Carleton".

Carleton University confirmed via Twitter on Sunday afternoon that one of the school's professors had been on the flight. At least 35 nationalities were among the dead.

"A committee comprising of Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, and Ethiopian Transport Authority has been set up to carry out the investigations", the statement said.

"We hereby confirm that our scheduled flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today", the airline said.

Indonesian investigators have not determined a cause for the October crash in Indonesia, but days after the accident Boeing sent a notice to airlines that faulty information from a sensor could cause the plane to automatically point the nose down. "Investigation will be carried out to determine the cause of the accident, in collaboration with all stakeholders including the aircraft manufacturer Boeing, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and other worldwide entities".

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