HK environment worker among 157 dead in Ethiopian Airlines crash

March 11, 2019 19:24
Delegates to the United Nations Environment Programme's world environmental forum observe a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the plane crash, at the United Nations complex in Nairobi on Monday. Photo: Reuters

A Hong Kong citizen was among the 157 people killed when an Ethiopian Airlines flight bound for Nairobi crashed minutes after takeoff from Addis Adaba on Sunday morning.

Tsang Ching-ngai was among the eight Chinese killed in the crash, CCTV reported.

The UN Environment Programme’s website said Tsang worked under its gender and safeguards unit in Kenya, and had previously worked for the UN’s World Food Programme in Rome, RTHK reported.

The Chinese University of the Hong Kong (CUHK) also confirmed Tsang's death, saying he was an alumnus of the university's business school and had been working for non-governmental organizations for years.

Tsang was involved in promoting environmental conservation, and worked for the UN Environment Programme in Kenya, according to the university.

Although he lived overseas for a long time, Tsang remained connected to his alma mater. He returned to CUHK recently to teach as a guest lecturer for its global studies program, the university said, noting that his ardor for pushing sustainable development was admirable.

Tsang graduated from CUHK in 2004. He is survived by his wife and a son.

Meanwhile, it is understood that the four Hong Kong-based carriers – Cathay Pacific Airways, Cathay Dragon, Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express – do not operate Boeing's 737 MAX 8 aircraft, the plane that figured in the crash.

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