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UN flag flies half-mast for Ethiopian Airlines crash

National News // By Tay Kinnear // March 11, 2019

United Nations offices around the world will be flying the UN flag at half-mast today following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302.

UN Photo/Jean Marc Ferré UN flag flies half-mast for Ethiopian Airlines crash

The plane came down shortly after leaving Addis Ababa on its way to Nairobi. All 157 on board were killed.

The UN says 19 workers were amongst the victims. They worked for the World Food Programme, UNHCR, the ITU, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Organization for Migration.

A meeting of the UN Environment Assembly was due to start in Nairobi today.

The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has ordered all UN Duty Stations and offices around the world to fly the UN flag at half-mast.

Workers at the UN office in Nairobi will be observing a minute’s silence in memory of the dead.

In all, the victims came from 35 countries with most from Kenya.

Ethiopian Airlines has grounded its entire fleet of Boeing 737-MAX 8 planes while investigations continue.

 

 

 

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