Irish person among 157 victims of Ethiopian Airlines crash has been named
The crash occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning.
As previously reported, none of the 157 passengers on board an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 flight survived, after the plane crashed en route to Nairobi, Kenya.
Contact was lost with the flight just six minutes after take-off in the city of Addis Ababa.
The airline confirmed in a press conference earlier on Sunday that as many as 33 nationalities were aboard the flight, with one of those passengers said to be an Irish citizen.
RTE News report that the Irish person among the victims has been named as Michael Ryan, a married father of two who is believed to originally be from Clare but has been living in the Cork area.
He had worked as an engineer with the World Food Programme on projects in the developing world, and the UN WFP Director of Human Resources has been in touch with his family to offer their condolences.
Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebre Mariam said that "The pilot mentioned that he had difficulties and that he wanted to return. He was give the clearance (to return back)."
Boeing also released a statement on the incident:
"Boeing is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a 737 MAX 8 airplane.
"A Boeing technical team is prepared to provide technical assistance at the request and under the direction of the US National Transportation Safety Board."