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UN consultant with environment ministry among 4 Indians killed in Ethiopia plane crash

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Four Indians, including a UN attached with the Environment Ministry, were among those killed when a Nairobi-bound plane crashed after taking-off from Addis Ababa, External Affairs said Sunday.

737 crashed minutes after an early-morning takeoff from Addis Ababa, killing all eight crew and 149 passengers on board, including tourists, business travellers, and the Development Programme (UNDP) attached with the Environment Ministry, Shikha Garg, who was on her way to attend a Environment Programme (UNEP) meeting.

"I am sorry to know about the unfortunate crash of plane ET 302. We have lost four Indian nationals in the air crash. I have asked Indian High in to provide all help and assistance to the bereaved families," Swaraj tweeted.

She said the Indian Embassy in has informed her that the deceased Indian nationals are Vaidya Pannagesh Bhaskar, Vaidya Hansin Annagesh, and

"My colleague Dr (Environment Minister) has confirmed that a with the She was travelling to attend the UNEP meeting in Nairobi," Swaraj said.

The said she is trying to reach the families of other Indian nationals. She urged people to help her reach the families of those killed.

"My condolences to the families of four Indian nationals who have died in an unfortunate crash of Sadly, a UNDP consultant attached to my ministry @moefcc Ms Shikha Garg, also died in the crash. My prayers for the departed souls," tweeted.

People from 35 were reportedly on board flight ET 302 when it ploughed into a field 60 kilometres southeast of

said the plane had taken off at 8:38 am (0538 GMT) from and "lost contact" six minutes later.

It came down near Tulu Fara village outside the town of

The carrier, which changed its logo on to black and white from its trademark green, yellow, and red, said "there are no survivors".

Ethiopian Airlines said had the largest number of casualties with 32, followed by with 18, nine, then Italy, China, and the with eight each, reports said.

Britain and each had seven people on board, six, and five. Twelve in and 14 in had citizens among the victims.

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First Published: Sun, March 10 2019. 23:20 IST