The United Nations Department of Safety and Security in Kenya, has said that no fewer than 19 United Nations officials were aboard the Ethiopian airplane that crashed on Sunday.

The World Food Programme, WFP lost six staff, the Office of the High Commissioner on Refugees, UNHCR lost two, as did the International Telecommunications Union, ITU.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO International Organisation for Migration, IOM in South Sudan, World Bank and UN Assistance Mission in Somalia, UNSOM each lost one staff member.

Six staff from the UN Office in Nairobi, UNON were also tragically killed.

Abiodun Bashua who was until his death, working on contract with the United Nations Economic Commission of Africa, UNECA also died in the crash, alongside Canada-based Nigerian professor at Carleton University, Pius Adesanmi.

As a mark of respect IOM said it would fly its flag at half-mast at its offices on Monday, as will the UN and its agencies.