With 18 Canadians dead, Trudeau calls Ethiopia crash 'devastating'

10:15 | 11/03/2019
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday (Mar 10) deplored the "devastating news" that 18 Canadian nationals were among the 157 people killed in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner.
with 18 canadians dead trudeau calls ethiopia crash devastating
People watch workers at the crash site of a Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines flight on Mar 10, 2019. (Photo: AFP / Michael TEWELDE)

"Devastating news from Ethiopia this morning," Trudeau said on Twitter. "Our thoughts are with all the victims on Flight ET302, including the Canadians who were on board."

His office later issued a statement.

"We join the international community in mourning the loss of so many lives, including those countries who have also lost citizens in this devastating crash.

"I am reaching out to President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta and Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed to express my condolences for this tragic event."

with 18 canadians dead trudeau calls ethiopia crash devastating

The Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 crashed minutes after an early-morning takeoff Sunday from Addis Ababa.

People holding passports from more than 30 countries and the UN were on board, but Canadians, with 18 victims, trailed only the 32 Kenyans who died in the crash, according to the airline.

The plane plowed into a field southeast of Addis Ababa, the airline's CEO Tewolde GebreMariam told journalists in the Ethiopian capital, lamenting the "very sad and tragic day".

The crash came on the eve of a major assembly in Nairobi of the UN Environment Program.

A UN source said that more than a dozen people affiliated with the world body had lost their lives.

State-owned Ethiopian Airline had taken delivery of the Boeing 737-800 MAX plane on Nov 15. It was of the same type as a plane that crashed in October after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.

AFP

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