UN Mourns Victims of Ethiopian Airlines Plane Crash

*Says ‘we have lost numerous members of staff from UN agencies’

The United Nations (UN) has expressed profound shock and dismay over the crash of Ethiopian Airlines plane on Sunday morning.

The global body stated this in a statement issued by the Communications Section of Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on behalf of Ms Vera Songwe, the executive secretary of ECA.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Boeing 737-800 crashed in Bishoftu, shortly after take off from Bole International Airport.

“As the UN family, we are deeply saddened by all the lives lost in this tragedy.

“We have lost numerous members of staff from UN agencies. We have also learnt of losses in other international organizations as well.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, close friends and colleagues of the victims of this crash.

“The United Nations family is mourning the loss of our colleagues and friends, many of whom lost their lives carrying out their professional duties today.

“We will be reaching out to families and offering our support,” Songwe said.

According to government reports, 149 passengers and eight crew members were believed to be on flight ET302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi.

Songwe, however, called for caution in sharing names and images of the victims on social media platforms.

“On behalf of the entire UN leadership team, I urge everyone to remain sensitive to the families of the victims and avoid sharing names and images on social media.

“Our security and travel services in the entire UN system in Ethiopia are actively monitoring the situation and we will continue to keep everyone updated in the coming hours and days,” she said. NAN