An Ethiopian Airline plane crashed on Sunday, killing 157 people killed, including four Indians. The plane, 737 MAX 8 manufactured by Boeing, was on its way to Nairobi from Addis Ababa.
The four Indian nationals were Shikha Garg, a consultant of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) attached with the Environment Ministry and forest, Pannagesh Bhaskar Vaidya and Hansini Pannagesh Vaidya and Nukavarapu Manisha.
Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said that she has asked Indian Embassy in Kenya and the India Embassy in Ethiopia to reach the family members of victims. She urged people to help her reach the families of those killed.
I am trying to reach the family of Shikha Garg who has unfortunately died in the air crash. I have tried her husband's number many times. Please help me reach her family.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 11, 2019
"My condolences to the families of four Indian nationals who have died in an unfortunate crash of Ethiopian Airlines. Sadly, a UNDP consultant attached to my ministry @moefcc Ms Shikha Garg, also died in the crash. My prayers for the departed souls," Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan tweeted.
"As it is a fresh incident, we have not been able to determine the cause. As I said, it is a brand new airplane with no technical remarks, flown by a senior pilot and there is no cause that we can attribute at this time," Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said.
The same Boeing, a Lion Air Boeing model, had gone down in Indonesia on October 2018, killing all 189 people on board, lost contact with air traffic controllers after take-off. It then plummeted to the ground near Bishoftu, a town southeast of the capital.