Police has confirmed that CP Christine Alalo, perished in the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302, over 24 hours after the crash.
A statement released by Police Spokesman, CP Fred Enanga on Monday afternoon said the senior policewoman working under African Union in Somali capital, Addis Ababa, was the single Ugandan national among the victims.
“The Police are mourning the tragic outcome of yesterday’s plane crash, upon learning that it claimed the life of Commissioner of Police, Alalo Christine who was working with the African mission in Somalia (AMISOM) as the Acting Police Commissioner,” said Enanga.
The statement indicated that that late Alalo was returning from Italy to her duty station in Somalia.
“The officer was returning to Mogadishu, Somalia and was one of the victims of Ethiopian Flight ET 302 which crashed yesterday killing all occupants aboard.
The Boeing 737-800MAX carrying 149 passengers and 8 crew members bound for the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, took off at 8:44 am local time, and lost contact with air traffic control at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, six minutes after takeoff. The jet crashed in a field near Bishoftu, around 35 miles southeast of Addis Ababa leaving no single survivor.
The Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Oochola has since ordered AIGP Grace Turyagumunawe, Director in charge of peace support operations to coordinate with AU and Ethiopian Airlines to secure the remains of the fallen officer. Rescuers have been seen picking bodies burned and deformed beyond recognition.
“The IGP has shared the sad news with the immediate family members of the fallen officer and created a task team headed by the Director Peace Support Operations, AIGP Grace Turyagumunawe to coordinate with both the AU Headquarters and Ethiopian Airlines to ensure the remains of our officer are traced and transported in her family in Uganda for burial,” added the statement.
The 157 victims were from 33 countries, with majority coming from Kenya, according to the official reports.
The list issued about four hours after the incident, indicated that there were 32 Kenyans; 18 Canadians; 9 Ethiopians; 8 Chinese; 8 Americans (United States); 8 Italians; 7 French, 7 Briton; 6 Egyptians and 5 Dutch.
Others included 4 Indians, 4 Slovakian, 3 Russians, 2 Israelis, 2 Moroccans, 1 Irish, 1 Ugandan, 1 South Sudanese and others.