A total of 157 people lost their lives in yesterday's plane crash in Ethiopia.

149 passengers and eight crew were aboard the ill-fated flight ET 302.

At least 22 UN staff were on the flight, many headed for an annual assembly of the UN Environment Programme which opened under a dark cloud in Nairobi today.

Tributes have been paid to those who lost their lives.


Micheál Ryan

Irish engineer Micheál Ryan was among the seven dead from the UN's World Food Programme (WFP), a humanitarian organisation distributing billions of rations every year to those in need.

The 39-year-old married father-of-two had recently relocated to Rome to work at the WFP headquarters.

His projects have included creating safe ground for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and assessing the damage to rural roads in Nepal which were blocked by landslides.

In April 2018, the World Food Programme tweeted a video of Mr Ryan describing the work they were doing in Bangladesh.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that the Irish engineer was doing "life-changing work in Africa".


Joanna Toole, UK

Joanna Toole, a 36-year-old from Devon, was travelling to Nairobi to attend the UN Environment Assembly when she was killed.

Her father, Adrian, described her as a "very soft and loving" woman whose "work was not a job - it was her vocation".

"It's just tragic that she couldn't carry on to further her career and achieve more," he told the BBC.

He also said she travelled to the remote Faroe Islands to prevent whaling.

Manuel Barange, director of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations fisheries and aquaculture department, tweeted saying he was "profoundly sad and lost for words" over the death of the "wonderful human being".


Sarah Auffret, UK

Polar tourism expert Sarah Auffret was making her way to Nairobi to discuss tackling plastic pollution in the seas at the UN assembly, according to her Norway-based employers Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO).

The University of Plymouth graduate held dual French-British citizenship, Norwegian media reported.

Raised in Brittany, the environmental agent was leading AECO's efforts to cut back single-use plastics on Arctic expeditions and co-ordinating beach clean-ups.


Karoline Aadland, Norway


- Anton Hrnko, an MP for the nationalist Slovak National Party, said he was "in deep grief" to announce that his wife Blanka, daughter Michala and son Martin were among the dead.

- Three members of humanitarian organisation Africa Tremila, based in Bergamo, Italy, were on board. The aid group's president Carlo Spini, his wife Gabriella Viggiani, and treasurer Matteo Ravasio were among the eight Italians killed.

- Austrian media reported that three doctors who were aged between 30 and 40 and worked at hospitals in Linz had died.

- Three of the Russians on board were tourists Yekaterina Polyakova, Alexander Polyakov and Sergei Vyalikov, the Russian Embassy in Ethiopia said.

- Also among those killed from the WFP were Virginia Chimenti and Maria Pilar Buzzetti.

- Hospitality company Tamarind Group announced "with immense shock and grief" that its chief executive Jonathan Seex was among the fatalities.

- German national Anne-Katrin Feigl was named as a crash victim by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). She was en route to a training course in Nairobi as part of her role as a junior professional officer at the organisation.

- Italian Paolo Dieci, a founder of an aid group that works with Unicef in Africa, was also reported as among the dead.

- Cedric Asiavugwa, a 32-year-old law student at Georgetown University in Washington was travelling to Nairobi, his home town, following a family bereavement, college officials told the Washington Post.

- The African Diaspora Youth Forum in Europe said co-chairman Karim Saafi had been a passenger on the flight and had been due to represent them at a meeting with the African Union in Nairobi.

- Professor Pius Adesamni was named as a victim by Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

- Hussein Swaleh, the former secretary general of the Football Kenya Federation, was named as being among the dead by Sofapaka Football Club.

- Abiodun Oluremi Bashua - a retired envoy who served in Iran, Austria and Ivory Coast - was killed, Nigeria's foreign affairs ministry said.

- Save the Children said its child protection in emergencies adviser Tamirat Mulu Demessie was among the dead.

- Joseph Waithaka, a 55-year-old who lived in Hull for a decade before moving back to his native Kenya, also died in the crash, his son told the Hull Daily Mail. Ben Kuria, who lives in London, said his father had worked for the Probation Service, adding: "He helped so many people in Hull who had found themselves on the wrong side of the law."