Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Over 4,700 heads of state, ministers, business leaders, senior UN officials and civil society representatives have joined families and friends of the Ethiopian Airline victims with a minute of silence in Nairobi on Monday.
The silence was observed at the opening of the UN environment summit where many of the crash victims were heading, sources told ADV.
Participants at the summit will take decisions that move global societies to a more sustainable path.
As the summit goes on, flags are flying at half mast in Ethiopia and Kenya over the fatal incident that killed 149 persons on the Ethiopian Airline carrier.
Flight ET-3-2 fell from the sky six minutes after takeoff from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa on its way to the Kenyan capital Nairobi, killing all 149 passengers and eight crew members on board as it ploughed into a farmland and exploded 37 miles from the airport.
According to a tweet by his office the country’s parliament declared Monday a day of national mourning for the victims – 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, 9 Ethiopians, 8 Italians, 8 Chinese, 8 Americans, 7 Britons, 7 French, 6 Egyptians, 5 Dutch and a Rwandan among others.
“Although we don’t yet know the cause of the accident, we had to decide to ground the particular fleet as extra safety precaution” Ethiopian Airlines said in the statement.
The Aviation ministry in Beijing said the same model was involved in a fatal crash in Indonesia in October shortly after takeoff.
Boeing and the US Federal Aviation Administration said they would investigate the similarities of the two incidents involving the same model aircraft.
© Bur-csa – A.H / S.E – From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV) – Follow us on Twitter : @ADVinfo_eng