Thursday, May 30, 2024

No Zambian in Ethiopian Airlines tragedy as President Lungu sends condolences


An Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner jet. Photographer-Jenny Vaughan-AFP via Getty Images
FILE: An Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner jet. Photographer-Jenny Vaughan-AFP via Getty Images

An official list of nationalities involved in this morning’s Ethiopian Airline crash shows that there were no Zambians on board.

All the 157 on board were killed.

According to the list released by the airline, there were 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, 9 Ethiopians, 8 Chinese, 5 Dutch, 6 Egyptians, 8 Italians, 8 USA, 7 Brits, 7 French, 4 Indians, 4 Slovakia.

Other Africans on board were 2 from Morocco, 1 from Mozambique, Rwanda and Somalia including Togo and Uganda all had one national on board.

And Ethiopian Airlines says the captain of the ET302 informed Air Traffic Control that he was having difficulty and wanted to return to Addis and that he was given clearance.

Ethiopian Airlines Chief Executive Officer Tewolde GebreMariam says cause of flight ET302’s crash has not been determined, but that the 737-8 MAX jet was “brand new” with “no technical remarks” that was received from Boeing in November 2018.

He said the same plane had flown back from Johannesburg earlier in the morning.

And President Edgar Lungu has sent a message of condolence to the airplane and families of those that have died in the tragedy.

“I wish to convey my deepest condolences and solidarity to EthiopianAirlines and the families of those that have lost their loved ones on flight ET 302/10 that crashed earlier today enroute to Nairobi. Our thoughts and prayers are with you,” President Lungu tweeted.

And Transport Minister Brian Mushimba described the news of the plane crash as terrible.

“Terrible to have just learnt that everyone on board the ET flight from Addis to Nairobi, 33 nationalities, have all died in the crash,” Dr Mushimba tweeted.

And the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has extended deep condolences to the government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and families of passengers who died in the Ethiopian Airline plane crash this morning.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Malanji said Ethiopian Airlines final list of passengers on the flight shows there was no Zambian on board.

Ethiopian Airines flight ET 302/10 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi crashed this morning around Bishoftu area six minutes after take off from Bole International Airport.

Mr. Malanji says the Zambian Embassy In Ethiopia will continue to monitor the developments in Ethiopia and will update the Ministry accordingly.

This is according to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Public Relations Unit.


  1. My deep condolences to all families, relatives and friends who have lost their beloved ones. It’s sad that Canada has lost 18 Citizens, Kenya 32, Ephiopia 9 USA and Italy each 8, and all other Nationalities who have lost their Citizens. It is a miracle that no Zambian was on the plane. Zambians are usually on Ethiopian jets. God comfort all families.

  2. It’s terrible to hear about this loss of so many lives. On behalf of the Green Party, I wish to express our sincere sympathy to the families, respective governments and the airline. Deeply saddened. Our thoughts and prayers with you.

  3. So mwalaumfwa IFISUSHI fyama prophets that I prophesised that the event will take place. Spare us the pain of losing loved ones.

  4. My deepest condolences to the bereaved families may the souls of our dear brothers and sisters rest in peace

  5. Sad day for the victims’ families. I apologize for my insensitive comment on the other thread if anyone was offended. Let’s unite and share sorrow and joy.

  6. The love of God is stronger than is death. When we get up from slumber our breath is in the hands of God.We are his creation and so we don’t have to move away from him.Let us make sure that we avail ourselves near to his grace at all costs. His work is what should bind us to this.The demise of these souls from this lovely mother Earth is really painful from the freshly perspective. Let’s focus on the spiritual direction. They have been called into the beyond and we shall miss them on Earth.There is God’ secrete there. May we all understand God’ s plan of salvation when we draw near to his word, Amen.

  7. Something up in the Skies over Africa yesterday?!. On the other side, an engine blew on an Air France A380 from Abidjan to Paris over Niger. Plane with more than 500 passengers returned to Abidjan after some hours and landed safely but with strong vibrations.

    Hope ET crash was not due to human error as their last in 2010 in Beirut and with KQ on new planes in Abidjan in 2000 and Cameroon in 2007. Utilising new planes should not be rushed. Pilots should undergo strong mentorship attachments than have this pride of we have pilots take over. This crash is one too many on new planes in African Airlines. RIP.

  8. Such a sad day for families of all 33 nationalities involved and for aviation in Africa. My deepest condolences to
    the nations involved may they all R.I.P.

  9. May God give strength and fortitude for the bereaved families. Sudden and unexpected deaths are particularly hard to deal with.

  10. And President Edgar Lungu has sent a message of condolence to the airplane and families of those that have died in the tragedy. How do you send condolences to the plane? May the Souls of the departed brothers and sisters rest in eternity

    • Its really sad. As a student of IATA aviation training institute, its really a sad development especially that this tragdes involves latest inversions of aircrafts.Can aviation safety authorities thoughly investigates this.

  11. Just curious… this the same type of plane Zambia and Ethiopia has bought for their partnership business…….

  12. Why should the two be unknown ? Then hijacking attempts is among the possible causes besides technical fault and human error

  13. Retire Boeing 737 Max 8 completely!
    Think we are happy Americans ‘killed’ our cherished Concorde over one fatal accident in 30 years (1969-2000) of excellent service!
    How many fatal crashes by Boeing 737 Max 8 in less than 5 years?

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