ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
All 157 people
aboard Ethiopian airlines flight were confirmed dead as Africa’s
fastest growing airline witnessed the worst-ever incident in its
Prior to the latest deadly incident, an Ethiopian airline
flight had also encountered similar catastrophe in 2010, when a jet
carrying 90 people plunged into the Mediterranean Sea off the coast
of Lebanon, leaving all the passengers aboard dead.
The victims include 32 from Kenya, 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, the airline said.
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.
The incident on Sunday, which involved a Boeing 737-800 MAX,
occurred a few minutes after the aircraft took off from Addis Ababa
Bole International Airport to Nairobi, Kenya.
It crashed around Bishoftu town, some 45 km from the capital
Addis Ababa, the airline 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.
Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said that "today
is a very sad and tragic day for all of us."
"At this stage, we cannot determine the cause of the accident,"
"It just came this morning from Johannesburg and arrived in Addis
Ababa with no remark and it was dispatched with no remark," said
"It was a clean airplane. It is a brand-new airplane... there is
no problem on technical side," Gebremariam said.
"The routine maintenance check didn’t reveal any problem."
Kenyan government has formed two emergency centers to counsel
those affected by the tragedy, as the East African country records
highest number of causalities from the tragic incident.
Kenyan cabinet secretary for transport and infrastructure, James
Macharia, said that the centers 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.
Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on
Development (IGAD), Mahboub Maalim, also said that "the whole IGAD
region and the world are today mourning."
"It is always shocking and sad news to hear of such an accident.
It’s even more deeply affecting when it occurs in a country within
our region and a flight route all familiar to us," the IGAD
executive secretary said.
Boeing promises to offer technical assistance over Ethiopian
Airlines plane crash
SAN FRANCISCO United States (Xinhua) --
manufacturing giant Boeing Sunday promised to offer technical
assistance to Ethiopia over a deadly air crash of Ethiopian
"A Boeing technical team will be traveling to the crash site to
provide technical assistance under the direction of the Ethiopia
Accident Investigation Bureau and U.S. National Transportation
Safety Board," Boeing said in a short statement.
It also offered condolences to the families of the passengers and
crew on board Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 (ET 302).
The Boeing 737-800 MAX airplane of Ethiopian Airlines with 157
passengers and crew members aboard crashed earlier Sunday en route
to Nairobi, Kenya, killing all people on board.
CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group Tewolde Gebremariam told a press
conference in Ethiopia that the 157 people aboard Flight 302 were
nationals from over 30 countries.
Ethiopian Airlines flight en route to Nairobi crashed shortly after
takeoff, with the airline confirming that there were