No Survivors Among The 157 Onboard The Crashed Ethiopian Airlines Plane

It was a Boeing 737 passenger jet.

Cover image via NST & Alex Macheras (edited)

An Ethiopian Airlines flight carrying 157 onboard has crashed early Sunday morning, 10 March. It was en route to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, the Capital of Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Airlines, which is Africa's largest airline, said that all 149 passengers and eight crew members onboard the crashed Ethiopian Airlines flight are dead.

There were people from 33 different nationalities onboard, the airline added.

A flight information board in Nairobi displays the details of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302.

Image via BBC

Ethiopia's Prime Minister expressed condolences via Twitter

Ethiopian Airlines posted a picture showing its CEO Tewolde Gebremariam at the crash site. It added that the CEO "regrets to confirm that there are no survivors".

He expressed his "profound sympathy and condolences to the families and loved ones of passengers and crew who lost their lives in this tragic accident".

According to the BBC, the crash site was around the town of Bishoftu, which is 60km south-east of the capital. An eyewitness who was near the crash site said that the "blast and the fire were so strong that we couldn’t get near it. Everything is burnt down."

Boeing issued a statement saying it is 'deeply saddened'

"We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board and stand ready to support the Ethiopian Airlines team.

"A Boeing technical team is prepared to provide technical assistance at the request and under the direction of the US National Transportation Safety Board," the aeroplane maker said in its statement.

It added that the company was "closely monitoring the situation".

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