New Delhi: Sushma Swaraj on Monday put out an appeal on Twitter for help with contacting the family of UN consultant Shikha Garg, who was among the four Indians killed in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash.
“I am trying to reach the family of Shikha Garg who has unfortunately died in the air crash. I have tried her husband’s number many times. Please help me reach her family,” Sushma Swaraj said this morning in one of her many tweets reaching out to the families of the Indians,” the External Affairs minister said.
Shikha Garg was a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) consultant attached with the Environment Ministry. She was on her way to attend the United Nations Environment programme. Sushma Swaraj said she had been informed by her colleague, Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan, that Shikha Garg was attached to his ministry.
The other Indians killed in the crash are Vaidya Pannagesh Bhaskar, Vaidya Hansin Annagesh and Nukavarapu Manisha, Sushma said.
On Sunday, Sushma Swaraj asked the Indian High Commissioner in Ethiopia to provide all help and assistance to the bereaved families of the ones who lost their lives in the plane crash.
Expressing her condolences, Swaraj tweeted, “I am sorry to know about the unfortunate crash of Ethiopian Airlines plane ET 302. We have lost four Indian nationals in the air crash. I have asked Indian High Commissioner in Ethiopia to provide all help and assistance to the bereaved families.”
Notably, an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after takeoff from the capital Sunday morning killing all 157 thought to be on board, according to statements from the airline and the state broadcaster. The airline’s statement said 149 passengers and eight crew members were thought to be on the plane that crashed six minutes after departing Addis Ababa on its way to Kenya’s capital. The crash occurred around Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Addis Ababa, at 8:44 AM.