Professor Pius Adesanmi, a Nigerian professor with Carlton University in Canada is among those that died this morning on the ill fated Ethiopia airline.
He was on his way to attend the AU ECOSOCC committee meeting in Nairobi.
The Airlines confirmed that its flight ET 302/10 March in schedule service from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit).
The aircraft B-737-800MAX with registration number ET- AVJ took off at 08:38 am local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08:44am.
“At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have not confirmed information about any survivors.
Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services”.
“There were 149 passengers and 8 crew onboard the flight but we are currently confirming the details of the passenger manifest for the flight”.
Ethiopian Airlines is establishing a passenger information center and telephone number will be available shortly for family or friends of those who may have been on flight ET 302/10 March