NB man among victims of Ethiopian Airlines fatal crash

A senior UN official and a New Brunswick forester were among the 18 Canadians who died Sunday when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 aboard.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees said one of its Canadian-born employees was among the victims of the deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane.

The commission identified the woman as Jessica Hyba, who was working as the organization's senior external relations officer.

Meanwhile, forestry groups identified Peter DeMarsh of New Brunswick as one of the victims.

The Kenya Forest Service and the Family Forest Nepal Facebook pages both wrote posts offering condolences to the family of DeMarsh, who worked with the International Family Forestry Alliance.

DeMarsh was en route to Nairobi to attend a workshop on "access to international climate finance for small holder farmers."

Jessica Hyba, a senior official with the U-N High Commission for Refugees was also confirmed on that flight,along with Amina Ibrahim Odowaa of Edmonton and her five-year-old daughter.

Gladys Kivia, a domestic violence counsellor with the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter, says her husband, Derick Lwugi was also among the victims.

Carleton University confirms English professor Pius Adesanmi was killed, and there are reports 24-year-old Danielle Moore of Winnipeg was also aboard the jet.

The flight data and cockpit voice recorders have been recovered, and a six-member team of U-S aviation experts is en route to Addis Ababa.

Aircraft maker Boeing and Interpol will also assist the Ethiopian government in the crash investigation.