World leaders and citizens from more than 30 countries mourned for the loss of those in Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed on Sunday flying out of Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.
The crash, which occurred shortly after the plane departed for Nairobi, Kenya, killed at least 150 people. The dead included at least 32 Kenyans; 18 Canadians; nine Ethiopians; eight each from the United States, China and Italy; and seven each from France and Britain, the airline said.
At the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, distraught family members and friends made their way to an emergency center set up by the authorities at a nearby hotel.
The executive director of the World Food Program, a United Nations organization, said in a tweet that staff members from the group were among the dead. Aid workers from at least one other United Nations agency, Catholic Relief Services and other organizations were aboard the plane.
A chief executive who oversaw the Tamarind Group, was a company operating restaurants and hospitality establishments in Kenya. also among those killed, according to a Facebook post by the Tamarind Tree Hotel. The hotel announced the death of the chief executive, Jonathan Seex, with “immense shock and grievance.”
Chinese news websites said that the eight Chinese killed included tourists and businesspeople.
One was Zhou Yuan, a worker for the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, which sells electronics, communications and security technology for civilian and military needs, The Beijing News reported, citing an official for the corporation.
A Nairobi-based staff member with the United Nations Environment Program and an employee The Aviation Industry Corporation of China was also among the dead, according to the list of victims by the Chinese embassy in Kenya, The Global Times reported.
The Russian Embassy confirmed the death of three Russian citizens: Yekaterina Polyakova, Aleksandr Polyakov and Sergei Vyalikov
Anton Hrnko, a member of the Slovakian parliament, said on Facebook that his wife, Blanka; his son Martin; and his daughter Michala died in the crash