UN special gesture after Ethiopian Airlines plane tragedy

You will be missed

Remnants of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 which crashed shortly after take-off on Sunday.

The United Nations on Monday gave a special tribute by flying their flags at half-mast around the world in regards to the Ethiopian Airlines airplane tragedy that killed 157 people.

The international body took a step further and removed all the flags at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi in honour of the people who lost their lives.

Maimunah Sharif, who is the head of UN-Habitat revealed that approximately 22 UN employees were among the dead after the Nairobi bound flight crashed six minutes after take-off.

“We will not forget this tragedy, nor those who perished.

“Let us reflect that our colleagues were willing to travel and to work far from their homes and loved ones to make the world a better place to live," stated Sharif.

The staff that perished worked for various agencies of the UN such as the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IMO).

Ethiopian Airlines grounds all their Boeing 737 8 Max fleet

Ethiopian Airlines on Sunday announced that they had grounded all their Boeing 737-8 MAX fleet after the incident.

The airline pointed out that the move was a precautionary measure as investigations into the crash continued.

China Civil Aviation Authority followed the same move and suspended all commercial flights of the model after the country noticed a similarity in the crash to a different one in Indonesia involving the B-737 Max 8 type of aircraft.

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