Five Canadians aboard fatal Ethiopian Airlines plane crash identified

Five Canadians aboard fatal Ethiopian Airlines plane crash identified

Five Canadians aboard fatal Ethiopian Airlines plane crash identified

An Edmonton woman and her daughter are among 18 Canadians confirmed dead in a plane crash on Sunday in Ethiopia.

Adesanmi, a writer, graduate of University of Ilorin as well as a literary critic and professor with Carlton University in Canada, was believed to be heading for the African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) committee meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.

He was a "towering figure in African and post-colonial scholarship", said the school's president, Benoit-Antoine Bacon. He had an "excellent flying record", GebreMariam stated.A routine maintenance check did not reveal any problems, the CEO noted, adding that the cause of the crash was yet to be ascertained.He confirmed that the company owns six other 737 Max 8 aircraft.

"He worked tirelessly to build the Institute of African Studies, to share his boundless passion for African literature and to connect with and support students", she said in a statement.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was "deeply saddened" by the crash. "The Canadian government is in close contact with Ethiopian authorities to gather additional information as quickly as possible".

"Why are they taking us round and round. We join the global community in mourning the loss of so many lives, including those countries who have also lost citizens in this devastating crash".

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Photos from the scene showed multicoloured pieces of the jet strewn across freshly churned earth. Bulldozers dug into the crater to pull out buried pieces of the jet. "All we are asking for is information to know about their fate".

Black body bags were spread out nearby while Red Cross and other workers looked for remains. "This couldn't have come at a worse time for Ethiopian Airlines".

Other anxious families gathered in Nairobi.

There were no survivors on the ill-fated aircraft which had 157 persons on board, comprising 149 passengers and 8 crew members.

She posted on Facebook on Saturday morning that she would be travelling to Nairobi, Kenya, for the United Nations Environment Assembly.

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