18 Canadians, 32 Kenyans among victims of Ethiopian Airlines crash
Seven British, seven French, eight Italian, 18 Canadian nationals are among the 157 victims of an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Sunday.
Also 32 Kenyan, nine Ethiopian, eight U.S. and eight Chinese nationals were also among the dead, Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told journalists.
The nationalities of the other passengers remained unknown.
None of the people on board the Boeing 737 that crashed en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi survived, the airline said.
The airline said the 149 passengers and eight crew members on board the B-737-800MAX with registration number ET- AVJ, all died in the crash.
According to the airline, there were 33 different nationalities on board.
The airline had earlier confirmed the crash in a statement posted on its website and obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
The statement said: “Ethiopian Airlines regrets to confirm that its flight ET 302/10 March in schedule service from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit).
“The aircraft B-737-800MAX with registration number ET- AVJ took off at 8:38 a.m local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 8:44am.
” At this time, search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible causalities.
” Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services.”