A Norwegian Red Cross worker and a French-British woman living in Tromsø were among the 157 people on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed en route to Nairobi on Sunday. Both are presumed dead.
The Norwegian Red Cross confirmed Sunday evening that Karoline Aadland, who worked for the aid organization’s international division, was on the flight that crashed between Addis Abeba and Nairobi. The 28-year-old woman was on her way to meet Red Cross partners in Burundi, according to the Norwegian Red Cross’ secretary general Bernt G Apeland.
“We fear that Karoline Aadland is among the dead, and we have informed her family,” Apeland stated in a press release. There’s been no confirmation from the airline, however, so Aadland was classified as missing.
So was Sarah Auffret, who was also a passenger on Ethiopian Airlines’ new Boeing 737 MAX. Auffret worked for the organization AECO that works to promote more sustainable cruise tourism in the Arctic. Auffret, age 30, was especially working to reduce the use of plastics on board cruiseships, and was on her way to a climate conference in Nairobi.
Also missing was Julia Mwashi, a 41-year-old resident of Kenya who has worked as the Norwegian Peace Corps’ (Norec) coordinator in Kenya since 2017. Mwashi had just been in Norway to attend a Youth Summit at the Hurdalsjøen Hotell and was traveling home to Kenya on the doomed flight. “We will remember Julia as a highly respected member of the partnership,” Kari Lindemann of Norec told newspaper VG.
The cause of the crash remained unknown.