11 March 2019: Ekta Adhikari, a Nepalese citizen working for World Food Programme (WFP), has been identified as one of 157 victims of the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash near Addis Ababa.
According to her Facebook and Twitter accounts, Ms Adhikari hailed from Nepal’s Gorkha district and was attached to WFP Ethiopia.
Nigeria-based Hikmat Thapa, treasurer of the International Coordination Committee of the Non-Resident Nepali Association, has identified the victim through a Facebook post. Nepalese newspapers, citing sources with the country’s foreign ministry, have also identified Ms Adhikari as one of the crash victims.
The ill-fated flight ET 302 was in a scheduled flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi when it went down around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit) – some 60 kilometres from the Ethiopian capital.
Hours later, the airlines announced on its website that the head of the company was at the crash site and that there were no survivors, “The group CEO who is at the accident scene right now regrets to confirm that there are no survivors.”
There were 149 passengers and 8 crew onboard the flight.
WFP’s Executive Director, David Beasley, tweeted in the aftermath of the tragedy, “The WFP family mourns today staff were among those aboard the Ethiopian Airlines flight. We will do all that is humanly possible to help the families at this painful time.”
“As we mourn, let us reflect that each of these WFP colleagues were willing to travel and work far from their homes and loved ones to help make the world a better place to live. That was their calling, as it is for the rest of the WFP family,” he said in a statement posted on WFP website.