The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the fatal plane crash in Ethiopia:
“I am deeply saddened by the terrible plane crash today near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that claimed the lives of 157 people, including 18 Canadian citizens.
“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our heartfelt condolences to those who have lost family, friends, and loved ones as a result of this tragedy. While the causes of the crash continue to be investigated, the safety and security of all Canadians remains our primary concern.
“We are providing consular assistance, and working closely with authorities to gather further information. We join the international community in mourning the loss of so many lives, including those countries who have also lost citizens in this devastating crash. I am reaching out to President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta and Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed to express my condolences for this tragic event.
“Friends and relatives of Canadian citizens believed to be on board can contact Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre by calling 613-996-8885 or 1-800-387-3124, or by sending an email to [email protected]. Canadian citizens in Ethiopia requiring consular assistance should contact the Canadian Embassy in Addis Ababa at 251 (0) 11 317 0000 or call (collect) the Global Affairs Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre at +1 613 996-8885