The victims of Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash include a Swedish father-of-three who once lived in Florida and a Slovakian politician’s family.
Jonathan Seex, the CEO of hospitality company Tamarind Group, was aboard the new Boeing 737-8 MAX that crashed just 6 minutes into its route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya, killing all 157 people aboard.
“It is with immense shock and grief to inform you of the tragic news that Tamarind CEO, Jonathan Seex, was on the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight,” the company, which owns and operates several restaurants in Africa, said on Facebook. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, the Tamarind community and all the others who have suffered unfathomable losses.”
According to his social media, Seex lived in Nairobi with his wife and children. Before moving to Kenya, he spent two years managing a resort in North Carolina and worked in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, FL.
He was one of three Swedish nationals to die in the crash.
Four Slovakians were also on the plane, including the family of politician Anton Hrnko, the vice chairman of the Slovak National Party. He wrote on Facebook that his wife, Blanka, son Martin and daughter Michal, had died.
The three Russian nationals on the flight were also identified by their embassy as Ekaterina Polyakova, Alexander Polyakov and Sergey Vyalikov.
The US embassy said they are “working to determine the identities” of the eight Americans killed.
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