Nige­rian Boe­ing trainee among 176 killed in Ukrainian plane crash

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Mau­reen Ihua­maduenyi

ANige­rian, iden­ti­fied as Dauda Onoruoiza, was re­port­edly among the vic­tims of the Ukrain In­ter­na­tional Air­lines flight 752 crash in Iran on Wed­nes­day.

Re­ports said Onoruoiza was work­ing with Boe­ing on three months train­ing in Ukraine and was at­tached to the Boe­ing 737-800 to fly with and study the me­chan­i­cal noise and re­port back to the com­pany.

The ill-fated plane was said to have been sched­uled for main­te­nance on Mon­day, Jan­uary 13, 2020 in Ukraine.

The na­tion­al­ity of pas­sen­gers and crew aboard the plane were given as 82 Ira­ni­ans, 63 Cana­di­ans, 11 Ukra­ni­ans, 10 peo­ple from Swe­den, four from Afghanista­n and three from the United King­dom and Ger­many re­spec­tively.

It was how­ever not clear what pass­port Onoruoiza had be­fore the ac­ci­dent.

Boe­ing had yet to of­fi­cially ac­knowl­edge that it had an em­ployee on the crashed plane.

The US air­craft man­u­fac­turer, how­ever, posted a con­do­lence mes­sage on its web­site to com­mis­er­ate with the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies, af­ter the news of the in­ci­dent broke on Jan­uary 8.

The state­ment read in part, “This is a tragic event and our heart­felt thoughts are with the crew, pas­sen­gers and their fam­i­lies.

“We are in con­tact with our air­line cus­tomers and stand by them in this dif­fi­cult time. We are ready to as­sist in any way needed.”

The Ira­nian gov­ern­ment had ad­mit­ted that it shot down the com­mer­cial air­craft un­in­ten­tion­ally.

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