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Ethiopian airlines’ worst passenger jet crash leaves 157 dead | Coastweek

BISHOFTU Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- An excavator works at the crash site of an Ethiopian Airlines’ aircraft, some 50 km east of Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, on March 10, 2019. All 157 people aboard Ethiopian Airlines flight were confirmed dead as Africa’s fastest growing airline witnessed the worst-ever incident in its history. XINHUA PHOTOS - WANG SHOUBAO

Victims from over 30 countries aboard crashed Ethiopian plane

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- Ethiopian Airlines confirmed that there were no suvivors aboard the flight that crashed earlier Sunday en route to Nairobi, Kenya.

The 157 people aboard ET 302 included nationals from over 30 countries, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group, Tewolde Gebremariam, told a press conference.

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 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.


Eight Chinese nationals on crashed Ethiopian
Airlines plane: Chinese foreign ministry

BEIJING China (Xinhua) -- Eight Chinese nationals, including one from Hong Kong, were confirmed aboard the crashed Ethiopian Airlines plane, according to the Chinese foreign ministry.

"We extend our profound condolences to the victims and deep sympathy to the bereaved families," the ministry’s spokesperson Lu Kang said late Sunday night in a statement.

After learning the crash, the ministry ordered China’s embassy in Ethiopia to launch the emergency response and immediately contact the Ethiopian government and Ethiopian Airlines for further information, Lu said.

China hopes that the Ethiopian side will find out the cause of the air crash as soon as possible and keep China updated the investigation developments, he said.

The foreign ministry and the Chinese embassy in Ethiopia will keep a close watch over the developments and go all out to help the families of the victims to deal with the aftermath, Lu said.

Ethiopian Airlines confirmed that a Boeing 737-800 MAX, bound for Nairobi, Kenya, crashed shortly after taking off from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa Sunday morning local time, killing all 157 people on board, including eight crew members.

Hong Kong citizen among 157 killed in Ethiopia plane crash

HONG KONG China (Xinhua) -- A Hong Kong citizen was among the 157 dead in the plane crash in Ethiopia Sunday morning, according to the Immigration Department of the government of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The Nairobi, Kenya-bound plane went down minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, killing all people on board, including 149 passengers and eight crew members, the airline has confirmed.

The victims came from 35 countries and regions, including eight from China, said the airline.

Among the Chinese citizens, seven were from the mainland and one from Hong Kong, according to China’s Foreign Ministry.

Four Slovaks confirmed dead in Ethiopia crash

BRATISLAVA Slovakia (Xinhua) -- Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed on Sunday that four Slovaks are among the victims of Ethiopian Airlines crashed plane near Addis Ababa.

"According to official information, four citizens of the Slovak Republic were killed by airplane accident in Ethiopia.

"Representatives of our diplomatic missions in Ethiopia and Kenya as well as our diplomatic service in Bratislava are approaching this tragedy with full deployment and in line with consular practice," stated the ministry.

An Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa on Sunday morning.

Airline representatives confirmed the death of all 157 people on board.

The 157 people aboard ET 302 en route to Nairobi, Kenya, included nationals from over 30 countries, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group Tewolde Gebremariam told a press conference.

The cause of the crash of the new Boeing 737-800 MAX plane was not immediately known.

Greek man misses Ethiopian Airlines flight, shocked at tragedy

ATHENS Greece (Xinhua) -- A Greek man missed the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed on Sunday shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa airport, killing all 157 people on board, Greek media reported.

Antonis Mavropoulos, president of the International Solid Waste Association, a non-profit organization, was supposed to board the plane bound for Nairobi, Kenya, which crashed about 45 km southeast of the Ethiopian capital, he told Greek television channel Alpha.

Mavropoulos reached the gate only two minutes after it was closed. He recalled feeling mad watching behind the glass wall other passengers boarding the aircraft.

Mavropoulos was about to board another plane when airport staff told him that the aircraft he missed had gone missing.

He was shocked when he was later informed about the tragedy.

"This is one of those moments which are changing one’s perspective of life ...

"You realize that our lives are hanging from threads ...

"I just want to send many kisses to my wife, my mother and my daughter," he told Alpha during a telephone conversation.


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