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All 157 people on board crashed Ethiopian plane confirmed dead

ADDIS ABABA (Xinhua) -- All 157 people on board the Ethiopian Airlines (ET) flight that crashed earlier Sunday are confirmed dead, Ethiopian state television reported.

All 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard ET 302, bound for Nairobi, Kenya, are confirmed killed, the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) said.
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The Boeing 737-800 MAX took off at 08:38 a.m. local time from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08:44 a.m., the airline said in a statement.

Ethiopian Airlines has released telephone numbers for family or friends of those who may have been on the flight to call.

In a statement, the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Office has expressed "deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones" on the flight.

The plane crashed near Bishoftu city, about 45 km southeast of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the ET said in a statement.

"Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services," the statement added. "We are currently confirming the details of the passenger manifest for the flight," the airline said.

The aircraft, Boeing 737-800 MAX, took off at 08:38 a.m. local time from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08:44 a.m., and crashed around Bishoftu town, some 45 km from the capital Addis Ababa, the airline said.
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Kenya leader mourns
victims of Ethiopian
Airlines aircraft crash

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to families and friends of the 157 people who perished in an Ethiopian Airlines jet crash earlier Sunday.

 

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The Naoriobi-bound Boeing 737-800 MAX, which crashed near Bishoftu (Debre Zeit) inside Ethiopia, six minutes after take-off en route to Kenya, was carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members.

"We are saddened by the news of an Ethiopian Airlines passenger aircraft that is reported to have crashed six minutes after takeoff en route to Kenya.

"My prayers go to all the families and associates of those on board," Kenyatta said.

Similar messages came from African Union envoy for infrastructure Raila Odinga and deputy president William Ruto.

Meanwhile, James Macharia, cabinet secretary for transport and infrastructure, said the government has set up two emergency centers to counsel those affected by the tragedy as it awaits for the manifest of the crashed plane.

Macharia directed families of the passengers on the crashed flight ET 302 to the two centres at Terminal 1D and Four Points hotel within the airport.

He said the centres will offer privacy and information to relatives of crash victims as the government waits for the plane’s manifest from the Ethiopian carrier.

"The purpose of these centers is to provide the relatives, who we call meeters and greeters, with information as much as we have and, at the same time, to provide them with an environment of privacy because until we know what has happened there will be a lot of anxiety," he told a news conference in Nairobi.
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Kenya sends team to Ethiopia after 32 nationals perish in plane crash

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya said on Sunday it has sent a team to Ethiopia to deal with the aftermath of an Ethipian Airlines jet crash that killed all 157 aboard, including 32 Kenyan nationals.

"There were at least thirty-five nationalities and regrettably Kenya is the highest with 32 passengers on board," James Macharia, cabinet secretary for transport and infrastructure, told a news conference in Nairobi.

The government is now focusing more on the welfare of the victims’ friends and relatives who are now within the vicinity of the airport, he said.

Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group, told a press conference in Addis Ababa that the victims also include 18 from Canada, nine from Ethiopia, eight each from China, Italy and the United States, seven each from Britain and France, six from Egypt, and five from the Netherlands.

They also include four each from India and Slovakia, three each from Austria, Russia and Sweden, two each from Israel, Morocco, Poland and Spain, and one each from Belgium, Djibouti, Indonesia, Ireland, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovenia, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, and Yemen, Gebremariam said.

The aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 MAX, took off at 08:38 a.m. local time Sunday from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08:44 a.m., and crashed around Bishoftu town, some 45 km from the capital Addis Ababa, the airline said.

"At this stage, we cannot determine the cause of the accident," Gebremariam said.

The aircraft, which was obtained by the Ethiopian airline last November, has only been in service for four months, flying more than 1,200 hours until Sunday’s crash, according to the airline.

The flight’s captain, Yared Mulugeta, has been working with the airline since 2010, Gebremariam said.

"He is a senior pilot with more than 8,000 hours," the CEO said.

"Today is a very sad and tragic day for all of us," Gebremariam said.

             

 

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