People around the world are mourning the loss of their loved ones after an Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet on Sunday crashed en route to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board.
The Boeing 737 plane took off from Addis Ababa at 8:38 AM local time, and crashed shortly after at 8:44 AM.
The office of the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed released a statement on Twitter saying:
The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.
Two Nigerians were among the 157 people that died on Sunday in the Ethiopian Airlines jet crash. The Nigerian victims were identified as a popular Nigerian-born Canadian professor and writer, Pius Adesanmi, and Ambassador Abiodun Bashua, a former Joint Special Representative for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, Sudan.
I mourn the passing of Ambassador Abiodun Bashua and Professor Pius Adesanmi in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash which occurred yesterday. Distinguished Nigerians who did the nation proud in their professional endeavors.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) March 11, 2019
The victims – 149 passengers and eight crew members – included at least 35 nationalities.
As the news of the crash united the world in grief, an outpouring of shock and sadness spread on social media. World leaders have come together to send in their condolences to the victims families.
I am profoundly saddened by the news of the crash involving @flyethiopian, one of the world’s most successful and efficient Airlines. On behalf of the Govt & people of Nigeria, I extend sincere condolences to PM Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia, and to all the countries that lost citizens.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) March 10, 2019
We are saddened by the news of an Ethiopian Airlines passenger aircraft that is reported to have crashed 6 minutes after takeoff en route to Kenya. My prayers go to all the families and associates of those on board.
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) March 10, 2019
My very dear friend PROFESSOR PIUS ADESANMI was in the crashed Ethiopian Airlines plane… My God, why Pius, that prodigiously brilliant gentleman!!! Rest in Peace, a great son of Africa… pic.twitter.com/kyB2Cs8CRD
— Dele Momodu Ovation (@DeleMomodu) March 10, 2019
One life lost in today’s tragic #EthiopianAirlineCrash was that of Cedric Asiavugwa.
Cedric was a third-year at Georgetown Law. He was a dedicated champion of social justice across East Africa. He founded an organization that helped women and children fleeing the war in Somalia. pic.twitter.com/DhPwOyd7t5
— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) March 10, 2019
My sincere condolences to the families and friends of the Ethiopian Airlines flight’s victims, among which several French citizens. We share their sorrow. France stands by the people of Ethiopia and Kenya, and expresses its full solidarity. //t.co/hGXQDqZury
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) March 10, 2019
Devastating news from Ethiopia this morning. Our thoughts are with all the victims on flight ET302, including the Canadians who were on board, and everyone who lost friends, family, or loved ones. Canadians in need of assistance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-996-8885.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 10, 2019
— Kakande Rogers 🇺🇬 (@KakRogers) March 11, 2019
We pray that God strengthen and grant the families fortitude to bear this great loss.