An Ethiopia airliner crashed on its was from Addis Ababa to Nairobi. Flight 302 plunged to the earth shortly after takeoff.
Those who died included at least 32 Kenyans; 18 Canadians; nine each from Ethiopia and France; eight each from the United States, China and Italy; and seven from Britain, according to the airline. The identities of many of the victims, including the Americans, have not been released yet. Nineteen U.N. workers were on board. One person who died in the crash was a child protection specialist who worked for Save the Children, Tamirat Mulu Demessie.
Also among the dead was Professor Pius Adesanmi, from the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa. He was the author of the award winning book “You’re not a country, Africa.” He was injured last year in a serious car crash in Nigeria.
Before the flight he posted a picture of himself on Facebook with Psalm 139:9-10, ““If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.”