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19 UN Staff Among 157 Killed In Ethiopia Plane Crash, UN Chief 'Deeply Saddened'


11 March 2019

OMMCOM NEWS


United Nations: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was saddened by the plane crash near the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, his spokesperson said on Sunday. According to the UN Department of Safety and Security in Kenya, 19 UN staff have also perished in the crash.

United Nations site mentions, "The World Food Programme (WFP) lost seven staff, the Office of the High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) lost two, as did the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Sudan, World Bank and UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) each lost one staff member. Six staff from the UN Office in Nairobi (UNON) were also tragically killed."

"The secretary-general was deeply saddened at the tragic loss of lives in the airplane crash today near Addis Ababa," Stephane Dujarric said in a statement, Xinhua news agency reported.

"He conveys his heartfelt sympathies and solidarity to the victims' families and loved ones, including those of UN staff members, as well as sincere condolences to the government and people of Ethiopia," the statement said.

It added the UN is in contact with the Ethiopian authorities and working closely with them to establish the details of UN personnel who died in this tragedy.

Earlier on Sunday, all 157 people on board the Ethiopian Airlines plane died in a crash, said the airline company.

The Boeing 737-800 MAX, bound for Kenya's Nairobi, took off at 08:38 a.m. local time from Addis Ababa and lost contact at 08:44 a.m., it said.

(With IANS Inputs)

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