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