Brothers from California are first US citizens identified as victims among 157 people killed in plane crash in Ethiopia.
Mike Mangas, family spokesman confirmed that Bennett & Melvin from Redding, California, were on the flight.
Antoine Lewis of Matteson, Illinois, was also a passenger on Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed after takeoff March 10.
Another five US citizens were on board.
Referring that, Ethiopian Airlines flight headed to Kenyan capital, Nairobi, from Addis Ababa with eight crew members & 149 passengers on board. Still no clear evidence behind crash of the newly-bought Boeing 737 Max 8 plane & had been delivered to airline in November. However, website of Swedish flight-tracking “Flightradar24“; “Additional data from Flightradar24 ADS-B network show that vertical speed was unstable after take off”
Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, offered his “deepest condolences” to victims’ families on board after visiting the site of crash.
“The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express it’s deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning”
“The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express it’s deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.”
“My prayers go to all the families and associates of those on board”, President Uhuru Kenyatta tweeted
The plane carried passengers from30 countries including eight apiece from China, 18 Canadians, Italy, US & seven from France & Britain.
According to Russian embassy, three Russian citizens were among victims.
US State Dep. said were in contact with the airline “to offer all possible assistance”.
Four of these victims were using United Nations passports with no clear fact about their nationalities.
#Ethiopia Update: Our US embassies in Addis Ababa & Nairobi are working with the Government of Ethiopia & Ethiopian Airlines to offer assistance, & determine the status of Americans who may have been on board. We will contact directly family members of US citizens impacted. (2/2)
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) March 10, 2019