Ethiopian airliner crash: 2 Nigerians among casualties

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CTV News has confirmed an Edmonton woman and her daughter, as well as a Calgary man, are among the 157 people who died when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed Sunday.

Adesanmi, a writer, graduate of University of Ilorin as well as a literary critic and professor with Carlton University in Canada, was believed to be heading for the African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) committee meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.

Until his death, Adesanmi was a Professor of English at Carleton University. Pius Adesanmi, who used his Canadian passport was on board of the ill-fated aircraft.

Benoit-Antoine Bacon, President and Vice-Chancellor of the university, in a statement on Sunday, said the university was devastated by Adesanmi's death.

It's not known yet what caused the Boeing 737 MAX 8 to crash.

"He worked tirelessly to build the Institute of African Studies, to share his boundless passion for African literature and to connect with and support students".

Meanwhile, the list of victims released by Ethiopian Airlines also shows that a Nigerian was aboard the crashed plane.

Dozens injured because of turbulence
The turbulence began about 40 minutes before the 10-hour long flight was set to land at John F. It was the second incident at a major New York-area airport on Saturday.

The aircraft was en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi with 149 passengers and eight crew on board.

The plane was also carrying 18 Canadians, 6 Egyptians, 9 Ethiopians, 7 French nationals, 8 Americans, 8 Italians, 8 Chinese and 7 Britons among others. Minutes after takeoff, the pilot radioed he was struggling with the jet and wanted to return to the airport.

"We lost one of our own: a high-profile Nigerian, Ambassador Abiodun Bashua in the crash".

"We hereby confirm that our scheduled flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today", it said.

Indonesian investigators have not determined a cause for the October crash, but days after the accident Boeing sent a notice to airlines that faulty information from a sensor could cause the plane to automatically point the nose down. The crashed plane was delivered to the Ethiopian company in November.

In the USA, the Federal Aviation Administration said it would join the National Transportation Safety Board in assisting Ethiopian authorities with the crash investigation.