A US-based young physician from Andhra Pradesh was among the 157 killed after an aircraft of Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly after it took off from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
Nukavarapu Manisha, hailing from Guntur district, was on her way to Nairobi to see her sister who had delivered three baby boys a few days ago. She was also looking to visit her parents Venkateshwar Rao and Bharathi, who were with their elder daughter.
A relative of Manisha tweeted to Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj that her parents were waiting to receive the body in Nairobi. The Minister replied that she had asked Rahul Chhabra, the Indian High Commissioner in Nairobi, to provide all help and assistance.
After doing medicine from Guntur Medical College, Manisha went to the US for higher studies and was settled in Tennessee. She is listed as one of the resident physicians of Department of Internal Medicine, Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University.
The Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302, on its way to the Kenyan capital Nairobi from Addis Ababa, crashed six minutes after take-off on Sunday, prompting the carrier to ground the rest of its fleet of the jets. It ploughed into a field near Tulu Fara village outside the town of Bishoftu, some 60 km southeast of the Ethiopian capital. Ethiopian Airlines in a statement said that the cause of the accident was still not known but the decision to suspend flying such aircraft was taken as a precautionary measure.
Four Indians were among those who died in the Boeing 737 jet crash on Sunday. Garg, Vaidya Pannagesh Bhaskar, Vaidya Hansin Annagesh, Nukavarapu Manisha.
Sushma Swaraj shared the names of the victims on Twitter. The Minister also replied to the relatives of the other three victims.
Replying to a relative of the Vaidya family, she said: "I have spoken to the son of Vaidya in Toronto. I am shocked you have lost six members of your family in air crash. My heartfelt condolences. I have asked Indian Embassy in Kenya and the India Embassy in Ethiopia to reach you immediately. They will provide help and assistance in respect of all your family members."