Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashes with 157 people on board

Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashes with 157 people on board

The 149 passengers and eight crew were of 33 nationalities, the country's state broadcaster EBC reported on Sunday. It also was a serious blow to state-owned Ethiopian Airlines, which has expanded to become the continent's largest and best-managed carrier and turned Addis Ababa into the gateway to Africa.

Kenya had the largest number of casualties with 32, followed by Canada with 18, Ethiopia nine, then Italy, China, and the United States with eight each.

A regularly scheduled flight from Bole airport in Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya crashed at 8.44am local time (5.44am GMT), after taking off at 8.38am.

Nineteen staff from at least five U.N. and affiliated organizations died, including the World Food Program, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, the International Telecommunications Union, the U.N. Environment Program, the World Bank and the International Organisation on Migration, the IOM said.

The Max mock-up is the newest version of Boeing's workhorse 737 models, the world's most popular commercial aircraft. GebreMariam said they have not yet determined the cause of the crash.

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Ethiopian Airlines confirmed on Sunday evening Jakarta time that there were no survivors in the crash of its flight ET302 from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to Nairobi in Kenya.

According to Swedish flight-tracking website flightradar24, the passenger jet "had unstable vertical speed" before it crashed. Both accidents involved the Boeing 737 Max 8.

Boeing said it was sending a technical team to help with the Ethiopian-led investigation. A Boeing 737 800 MAX crashed on Sunday, the airline said.

The last crash by the airline was in 2010 when one of the company's aeroplanes crashed in the Mediterranean Sea after leaving Beirut.

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