Former Bios student killed in plane crash

  • Danielle Moore, a former student of Bios

A former summer student at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences was among 157 people killed in an Ethiopian plane crash at the weekend, it was revealed yesterday.

Danielle Moore, who was 24 and from Toronto, was one of 18 Canadians killed in the Sunday tragedy, which also claimed the lives of a Bermudian-based banker’s family.

A spokeswoman for Bios said: “It is with great sadness that the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences has received news that Danielle Moore, a 2015 summer student, was among the passengers aboard the Ethiopian Airlines flight.”

She added: “She was indeed a bright young woman with a very promising future, and we offer our sincerest condolences to her family.”

The news came as the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority banned all 737 Max variants from the island’s airspace and grounded all of the Boeing Max family on the Bermuda Aircraft Registry “as a precautionary measure”.

Ms Moore was on her way to the United Nations Environment Assembly in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

Ms Moore posted a message on social media the day before the crash saying that she was looking forward to the conference.

She wrote: “I’m so excited to share that I’ve been selected to attend and am currently en route to the @UNEnvironment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya with @UNACanada and #CanadaServiceCorps / #LeadersToday!

“I can’t wait to share what I’m learning along the way.”

Ms Moore graduated from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, in marine biology and oceanography in 2017.

She took part in the Bios summer course on the ecology and evolution of reef fish two years earlier.

Bios said Ms Moore was a member of environmental group Ocean Wise and a teacher at the charity Canada Learning Code, as well as a volunteer for Canada’s Sea Turtle Centre.

A total of 149 passengers and eight crew were killed when the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft crashed about six minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa en route for Nairobi.

Paul Njoroge, a Kenyan who works at Butterfield Bank, lost his wife, Caroline, children, Ryan 7, daughter, Kerry, 4, and baby daughter, Rubi, who was 7 months old, as well as his mother-in-law Ann Wangui Karanja.

Mr Njoroge left Bermuda on Monday to make the heartbreak trip back to his homeland.

His family were among 32 Kenyans who died in the crash, which also killed eight Americans and seven Britons.

Bermuda residents raised fears about the Boeing 737 Max 8 variant, which has been grounded by several carriers since the crash, being used on Bermuda flights in the wake of the crash.

A spokeswoman for airport operators Skyport said the planes did not fly to and from the island.

She added: “At present, while other versions of the Boeing 737 are used regularly on flights to and from Bermuda, no airline is operating the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to Bermuda on a scheduled basis.”

David Soucie, a former US Federal Air Administration safety inspector, told CNN that he was concerned about the safety of the Max 8 variant after two fatal crashes in five months.