This is definitely not the kind of news you would like to hear on a Sunday. An Ethiopian Airlines flight carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members crashed early Sunday shortly after departing from the Addis Ababa, en route to Nairobi (Kenya).
It is not clear what caused the accident, however the airline revealed that, the 737 Max-8 aircraft took off from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa on Sunday at 8:38 a.m. local time and lost contact six minutes later. The plane is believed to have gone down near Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa.
The flight was carrying passengers from 33 countries. There were no survivors.
According to Ethiopian Airlines, among those dead are 9 Ethiopians, 7 British, 8 Italians, 8 Chinese, 18 Canadians, 8 Americans, 7 French, 6 Egyptians, 5 Dutch, 4 New Zealanders, 4 Indians, 4 Slovaks, 3 Austrians, 3 Swedes, 3 Russians, 2 Moroccans, 2 Spanish, 2 Israelis and one Belgian. Three more passengers had UN passports and their nationality is being identified.
President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Ethiopian Prime Minister, have both offered their condolences via their twitter accounts
We are saddened by the news of an Ethiopian Airlines passenger aircraft that is reported to have crashed 6 minutes after takeoff en route to Kenya. My prayers go to all the families and associates of those on board.
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) March 10, 2019
The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express it’s deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.
— Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia (@PMEthiopia) March 10, 2019