Ethiopian Airlines crash: Nationalities of 157 victims revealed

Ethiopian Airlines crash: Nationalities of 157 victims revealed
A rescue team looks for remains of bodies amid debris at the crash site of an Ethiopian Airlines flight.

Nairobi - Airline's CEO told media that the plane was carrying passengers from more than 30 countries.



By Agencies

Published: Mon 11 Mar 2019, 11:40 AM

A jetliner carrying 157 people crashed shortly after take-off from the Ethiopian capital on Sunday, killing everyone aboard, authorities said.
People from 35 countries and a UN passport-holder were on board flight ET 302 which ploughed into a field 60km southeast of Addis Ababa, the carrier's CEO Tewolde GebreMariam told journalists in the capital, lamenting this "very sad and tragic day".
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It was not clear what caused the plane to go down in clear weather. The pilot sent out a distress call and was given clearance to return to the airport, GebreMariam said.

During a press conference, the airline's CEO told media that the plane was carrying passengers from more than 30 countries.
He said they included 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Italians, eight Chinese citizens, eight Americans, seven British citizens, seven French citizens, six Egyptians, five Dutch citizens, four Indians, four people from Slovakia, three Austrians, three Swedes, three Russians, two Moroccans, two Spaniards, two Poles and two Israelis.
Belgium, Indonesia, Somalia, Norway, Serbia, Togo, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen each had one citizen onboard.
Four of those onboard were listed as using United Nations passports and their nationalities were not immediately clear.

The Boeing 737-8 MAX operated by Ethiopian Airlines was the same model as a Lion Air jet that plunged into the Java Sea in October just minutes after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia's capital.
 
That crash killed 189 people. The Lion Air cockpit data recorder showed that the jet's airspeed indicator had malfunctioned on its last four flights, though the airline initially said problems with the aircraft had been fixed.
The Ethiopian plane was new, having been delivered to the airline in November. It was on a flight from Addis Ababa to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. Grieving families rushed to airports in both cities. The plane crashed six minutes after departing, ploughing into the ground at Hejere near Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, at 8.44am.


The flight path of the aircraft the first three minutes after take-off. Source: FlightRadar24 via Twitter


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