An Ethiopian Airlines flight, en route to Nairobi in Kenya, crashed in Bishoftu shortly after taking off on Sunday, according to the Ethiopian Airlines.
The Boeing 737 took off from Bole International Airport here at 8:38 am. No contact could be established with the flight after 8:44 am.
All 157 on board the Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines flight have been killed, Ethiopia state broadcaster reported on Sunday. Al Jazeera reported that the plane Boeing 737 included 149 passengers and eight crew members.
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed offered condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the plane crash.
“We hereby confirm that our scheduled flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today. It is believed that there were 149 passengers and eight crew on board the flight but we are currently confirming the details of the passenger manifest for the flight,” read a statement issued by the airline earlier today.
Investigations have been launched to ascertain the cause behind the crash. The airlines will be sending staff at the site of the incident to assist emergency services.
The airline has further noted that it would set up a passenger information centre and a dedicated telephone number for family and friends of people who may have been on the flight.
In a press conference held at Ethiopian Airlines headquarters in the afternoon, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines who had traveled to the scene of the crash, said, “The passengers included 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.”
“It is too early to speculate the cause of the accident and further investigation will be carried out to find out the cause of the accident in collaboration with all stakeholders including the aircraft manufacturer Boeing, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and other international entities to maintain the international standard and information will be provided once the cause is identified. Ethiopian Airlines will provide all the necessary support to the families of the victims,” the CEO added.