Update: Ethiopian Airlines CEO Lists Nationalities Involved In Crash
The pilot of a Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 that crashed six minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa on Sunday, had alerted controllers “he had difficulties” and wanted to turn back the plane carrying 157 people, the head of Ethiopian Airlines said.
The pilot “was given clearance” to return to Addis, chief executive officer Tewolde GebreMariam told journalists in the Ethiopian capital when asked whether there had been a distress call. (AFP)
Ethiopian Airlines CEO and Kenya’s transport minister announced
Authorities said 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.
Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia
The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express it’s deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.
An Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet to Nairobi crashed early on Sunday with 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard, the airline said in a statement.
The flight ET 302 crashed near the town of Bishoftu, near capital Addis Ababa, the airline said.
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. “Search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties,’ it further added.
State-owned Ethiopian is one of the biggest carriers on the continent by fleet size. Its last major crash was in January 2010, when a flight from Beirut went down shortly after take-off.