The General Manager, Ethiopian Airlines in Nigeria, Mrs. Firihiewot Mekonnen, has thanked Nigerians for standing with Ethiopia and Ethiopian Airlines (ET) in its moment of grief. The airline has since opened condolence registers at their offices in Abuja, Lagos, Kano and Enugu for the victims of the ET Flight 302 that crashed on March 10, six minutes after take- off.
Speaking while receiving the first set of visitors at the office in Lagos, Mokennem said: “We thank the Nigerian President and the good people of Nigeria for the condolence message from the Government of Nigeria. We have always counted on Nigeria as an African Partner and Brother and this sad occasion once again proves the bond. We commiserate with Nigeria over the loss to humanity of the two great Nigerians on that flight. We have since reached out to the families involved. Ethiopian Airlines will not abandon its responsibilities to them.”
Meanwhile, at the Abuja Airport, Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Engineer Saleh Dunoma, who came to condole with the airline was received by the Ethiopian Airlines Sales Manager Abuja, Tilahun Tadesse.
Two Nigerians were involved in the crash; Professor Pius Adesanmi and Ambassador Bashua Abiodun. Ethiopian Airlines has grounded all B737-8Max Airplanes in its fleet. Ethiopian Airlines does not use the B737 Max on its Nigerian Routes. The B777, B787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350 are the Aircraft deployed daily to Nigeria.
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