Canadian based Nigerian Professor, Pius Adesanmi, dies in Ethiopian Airlines crash

Ann Santiago
March 11, 2019

Abiodun Bashua, a retired career Ambassador, who died in the Ethiopian Airlines that crashed on Sunday morning.

Pius Adesanmi, a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, has also been confirmed dead.

The Carleton community is shocked and devastated to learn of the death of Prof. It also was a serious blow to state-owned Ethiopian Airlines, which has expanded to become the continent's largest and best-managed carrier and turned Addis Ababa into the gateway to Africa.

While there has not been any official confirmation, Sahara Reporters stated it can confirm that Adesanmi, a native of Isanlu, in Yagba East local government area of Kogi tate, was among the passengers.

He was a "towering figure in African and post-colonial scholarship", said the school's president, Benoit-Antoine Bacon.

"He was a scholar and teacher of the highest calibre who leaves a deep imprint on Carleton", Rankin said.

A further tribute about Adesanmi's leadership and many contributions to the Carleton community will be shared as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, management of the airline has confirmed that Amb. "We join the global community in mourning the loss of so many lives, including those countries who have also lost citizens in this devastating crash".

The aircraft, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members, lost contact with air traffic controllers six minutes after taking off.

Other nationals in the plane included 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Italians, eight Chinese, eight Americans, seven Britons, seven French citizens, six Egyptians, five Dutch citizens, four Indians and four people from Slovakia.

It crashed near Bishoftu, southeast of the Ethiopian capital, Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement.

Indonesian investigators have not determined a cause for the October crash, but days after the accident Boeing sent a notice to airlines that faulty information from a sensor could cause the plane to automatically point the nose down.

"According to him, Ethiopian Airlines will provide all the necessary support to the families of the victims".

In the US, the Federal Aviation Administration said it would join the National Transportation Safety Board in assisting Ethiopian authorities with the crash investigation.

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