DFA checking if Filipinos among killed in Ethiopian Airlines crash

Red cross team work amid debris at the crash site of the Ethiopia Airlines plane near Bishoftu, a town some 60 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on March 10, 2019. The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi with 149 passengers and eight crew on board, Ethiopian Airlines said. (Photo by Michael Tewelde / AFP)

(Eagle News)—The Department of Foreign Affairs is checking if Filipinos were among the 157 killed when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed while enroute to Kenya on Sunday, March 10.

In a statement, the DFA said it has directed the Philippine embassies in Cairo and Nairobi to coordinate with concerned authorities in Addis Ababa and Nairobi for this.

Of the dead, eight were crew members of the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302.

There were 33 nationalities on board the Boeing 737 Max-8.

“The Philippines expresses its condolences to Ethiopia…,” the DFA said.

“The loved ones of those who perished in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 are in our thoughts and prayers,” the DFA added.