Ugandan among 157 Ethiopian Airlines crash victims

The travel manifest for the crashed Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya, shows that among the victims, was a Ugandan.

The plane, Boeing 737 Max, crashed near the town of Bishoftu, which is 60km (37 miles) south-east of the Ethiopian  capital, Addis Ababa.

Ongoing rescue efforts at the crash site || Courtesy Photo

The CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde Gebremariam addressed a press conference after visiting the crash site said the flight captain of the crashed plane had told controllers at Bole International airport that he was having difficulty and wanted to return.

The captain however dropped off the radar after he had been given clearance.

Before taking off for its scheduled flight to Nairobi, the plane had arrived on Sunday morning from South Africa.

“[The] plane had more than three hours of ground time after coming from South Africa, it arrived with no remark and was dispatched with no remark,” Tewolde said.

Rescue workers at the crash site near Bishoftu town, South-east of Addis Ababa || Courtesy Photo

Among the dead are 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadas, 9 Ethiopians, 8 Chinese 8 Italians 8 US nationals, 7 Britons, 7 French, 6 Egyptians while 5 passengera were from the Netherlands.

Some 4 passengers were holding UN passports, 4 Indians, 3 Russians, 2 Moroccans, 2 Israelis, 1 Belgian, 1 Ugandan, 1 Yemeni, 1 Sudanese, 1 Togolese, a Mozambican and a Norwegian.