Ethiopia Airlines crash: Who were the victims?

The victims of flight ET 302 included 35 nationalities. Here are some of their stories.

    As investigators sift through the remains of an Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet that went down on Sunday morning near Addis Ababa, more details have emerged about the 157 people on board who perished in the crash.

    The victims of flight ET 302, which was en route to Nairobi, included 35 nationalities from across the world. Among them were 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians and nine Ethiopians, with many involved in humanitarian work and heading to a United Nations environmental conference taking place in Kenya’s capital.

    Here are some of their stories:

    Kenya: 32 victims

    • Hussein Swaleh, the former secretary-general of the Football Kenya Federation, was named as being among the dead by Sofapaka Football Club. He was returning home on the flight after working as the match commissioner in an African Champions League game in Egypt on Friday.

    United Kingdom: Seven victims

    • Joanna Toole, a 36-year-old from Exmouth, Devon, was also heading to Nairobi to attend the conference. Her father, Adrian, described her as a “very soft and loving” woman whose “work was not a job – it was her vocation”.

    • He told the DevonLive website that Toole used to keep homing pigeons and pet rats and travelled to the remote Faroe Islands to prevent whaling.

    Heartbreaking stories of Ethiopian Airline crash victims.

    Sincere condolences to Joanna Toole’s family here in UK. Know that all of us reading her story mourn with you.https://t.co/poyp943QCp

    • Joseph Waithaka, 55, lived in Hull for a decade before moving back to his native Kenya, also died in the crash, his son told the Hull Daily Mail. Ben Kuria said his father had worked for the Probation Service, adding: “He helped so many people in Hull who had found themselves on the wrong side of the law.”

    Joseph Kuria Waithaka
    The first man I ever loved!
    Taught me most of what I know.
    Believed in my dreams more than I ever could!
    Rest in peace daddy ?#ET302Crash

    For more info @BBCBreaking , @SkyNews, @AJEnglish pic.twitter.com/bMlx0z5rBW

    Germany: Five victims 

    • The UN migration agency said that one of its staffers, German citizen Anne-Katrin Feigl, was en route to a training course in Nairobi.

    Today, we held a minute of silence at IOM Ghana, to mourn the death of our colleague Anne-Katrin Feigl and other UN Workers and passengers who lost their lives yesterday, during the Ethiopian Airlines crash. Our heartfelt condolences to their families. https://t.co/FvzGFs2uZt

    • Reverend Norman Tendis was a long-time pastor in the protestant congregation of St Ruprecht in Villach, Austria. The World Council of Churches said he was travelling to a UN environment summit in Nairobi. The 51-year-old is survived by his wife and three children.

    • The German development aid organization GIZ said one of its staff was also on the plane. GIZ spokeswoman Tanja Stumpff said the woman was on a business trip. She declined to provide further details, citing privacy reasons.

    Slovakia: Four victims 

    • Anton Hrnko, a legislator for the ultranationalist Slovak National Party, said he was “in deep grief” over the deaths of his wife, Blanka; son, Martin; and daughter, Michala. Their ages were not immediately available.

    • Martin Hrnko worked for the Bubo travel agency and was travelling on vacation to Kenya, the agency said.

    Austria: Three victims

    • Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Peter Guschelbauer confirmed that three Austrian doctors in their early 30s were on board the flight. The men were on their way to Zanzibar, he said, but he could not confirm the purpose of their trip.

    Russia: Three victims

    • The Russian embassy in Ethiopia said airline authorities had identified its deceased citizens as Yekaterina Polyakova, Alexander Polyakov and Sergei Vyalikov.

    • Russian news reports identified Polyakova and Polyakov as a married couple. State news agency RIA-Novosibirsk said the three were on a tourist trip.

    Sweden: Three victims

    • Hospitality company Tamarind Group announced “with immense shock and grief” that its Chief Executive Jonathan Seex was among the fatalities.

    We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jonathan Seex and the entire Tamarind Group following the untimely demise of their group CEO who was on-board the ill-fated #ET302 flight.

    Stay strong and focused during these trying times. You are in our prayers. pic.twitter.com/magbPzp4XD

    • The Stockholm-based Civil Rights Defenders, an international human rights group, said employee Josefin Ekermann, 30, was on board the plane. Ekermann, who worked to support human rights defenders, was on her way to meet Kenyan partner organisations. Anders L Pettersson, the group’s executive director, said, “Josefin was a highly appreciated and respected colleague”.

    It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we can
    confirm that we have lost our dear friend and colleague Josefin Ekermann, 30,
    in a tragic plane accident outside Addis Abeba. My thoughts are with
    her family, friends and colleagues. We all feel a profound sense
    of loss.

    Poland: Two victims 

    • The foreign ministry said two victims were men and not related to each other. It did not disclose any further details, citing the need to respect privacy and the interest of the men’s families.

    Ireland: One victim

    • Michael Ryan was among the WFP staff who were killed. The Rome-based aid worker and engineer known as Mick was thought to be married with two children, according to AP. His work projects included creating safe conditions for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and assessing the damage to rural roads in Nepal that were blocked by landslides.
    • His mother, Christine Ryan, told broadcaster RTE “he never wanted a 9 to 5 job. He put everything into his work.”
    • Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said: “Michael was doing life-changing work in Africa with the World Food Programme.”

    “He embraced life with a passion” – Mother of Irish man killed in Ethiopian Airlines crash, Michael Ryan, speaks out: https://t.co/qcBfCWMgvS pic.twitter.com/3KGLcpL2XA

    Norway: One victim 

    • Norwegian Red Cross Finance coordinator Karoline Aadland was among the victims. 

    The Norwegian Red Cross is very sorry to announce that we fear our Programme Finance Coordinator Karoline Aadland (28) was onboard the flight ET302 and among the deceased. Our thoughts are with her next of kin. Our focus is on providing them with assistance in this difficult time pic.twitter.com/1wCY3UMH0q

    Nigeria: One victim

    • The Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it received the news of retired Ambassador Abiodun Oluremi Bashu‘s death “with great shock”.
    • Bashu was born in Ibadan in 1951 and joined the Nigerian Foreign Service in 1976. He had served in different capacities both at headquarters and abroad, including in Austria, Ivory Coast and Iran. He also served as secretary to the Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
    • At the time of his death, Bashu was on contract with the UN Economic Commission of Africa.

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