Indian physician from Tennessee among 157 dead in Ethiopia plane crash

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An Indian doctor from Andhra Pradesh completing her residency in Tennessee, United States was among the 157 killed in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Sunday, March 10.

Dr. Manisha Nukavarapu, a second-year resident physician at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine, was flying to Kenya to visit relatives at the time of the crash. Nukavarapu was a graduate of Guntur Medical College in Guntur, India.

The official statement from ETSU described Dr. Nukavarapu as “a fine resident, a delightful person, and dedicated physician.” “She will be greatly missed by her colleagues and patients at Quillen College of Medicine.”

According to IANS, Nukavarapu was on her way to Nairobi to visit her sister who had delivered three baby boys a few days prior.

She was also planning to visit her parents, Venkateshwar Rao and Bharathi, who were with their elder daughter.

A relative of Nukavarapu 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 help and assistance.

Four Indians were among those who died in the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet crash on Sunday which occurred shortly after it took off from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.

After studying medicine at Guntur Medical College, Nukavarapu went to the US for higher studies and was settled in Tennessee.

This is the second time in less than six months that Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet crashed, the first one was the Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 which crashed in Indonesia in October shortly after takeoff, killing all 189 people on board.

Boeing said it had no reason to issue new guidelines to operators, which have bought the 737 MAX airliner.

“The investigation is in its early stages. But at this point, based on the information available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators,” Boeing said in a statement on Monday.

However, along with Ethiopian Airlines, China has also suspended operation of the 737 MAX fleet after the crash.


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