Ethiopian Airlines says it believes 149 passengers and eight crew
members were on board a plane that crashed six minutes after taking off
from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, on a flight to Nairobi.
In the latest update, Ethiopian state media reported that all 149
passengers and eight crew on board the Ethiopian Airlines flight died
when it crashed shortly after takeoff.
Quoting Ethiopian Airlines, Fana Broadcasting Corporate said the plane,
which departed the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa at 08:38, crashed
minutes after takeoff, “killing all the 149 passengers and eight crew
A spokesperson for Ethiopian Airlines says that among the dead in the
crash are 32 Kenyans and 17 Ethiopians. Asrat Begashaw said that 31
other nationalities were also among those on board the new Boeing 737-8
MAX plane that crashed, killing everyone thought to be on board.
Authorities said other victims include 18 Canadians; eight each from
China, the United States and Italy; seven each from France and Britain;
six from Egypt; five from the Netherlands and four each from India and
Slovakia. Spain’s foreign ministry said two Spanish nationals were on
the passenger list.
Records show that the Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane that crashed
shortly after takeoff on Sunday morning was a new one. The Planespotters
civil aviation database shows that the plane, a Boeing 737-8 MAX, was
delivered to Ethiopian Airlines in mid-November.
Meanwhile, Ghana President Akufo-Addo in a series of tweets has offered
his condolence to Ethiopia and families of the deceased Akufo-Addo said
he was “saddened” by the news of the tragic loss of 157 lives.25