An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya has crashed early on Sunday.
None of the 157 people on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed on Sunday morning en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi have survived, the airline said in a statement.
Thirty-two Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Chinese, eight Americans, and seven British citizens are among the dead, according to Ethiopian Airlines. Four of the victims held United Nations passports.
The Boeing 737 jet left Bole airport in Addis Ababa at 8.38 am local time, before losing contact with the control tower just a few minutes later, the statement read. The airline also said “search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties”.
Uhuru Kenyatta, said on Twitter, “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,”
The blast and the fire were so strong that we couldn’t get near it,” he said. “Everything is burnt down. Eight Chinese passengers were also on board, said Li Liang, spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy to Ethiopia.
Ethiopian Airlines officials said the Canadian-European pilot had flown more than 8,000 hours and had captained a 737 since November 2017. Officials said they have yet to determine what caused the “brand-new plane,” which had flown for only 1,400 hours, to crash.