An Ethiopian passenger jet leaving the Ethiopian capital of Addis Abada on Sunday reportedly crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 157 people on board.
As Fox News reports, among those victims were eight Americans who have yet to be identified.
Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 reportedly left the airport, with a final destination of Nairobi, Kenya, but lost contact with the control tower within mere minutes of takeoff. According to the report, there was no immediate sign of what caused the crash as the Boeing 737-8 MAX plane was new.
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State broadcaster EBC reported all passengers were dead and that they included 33 nationalities. Kenya’s transport minister said that 8 Americans were among the dead, as well as 18 Canadians, 8 each from China and Italy, 7 people each from France and Britain; 6 from Egypt; 5 from the Netherlands and 4 each from India and Slovakia.
Ethiopian Airlines posted a photo that appears to show its CEO standing amid the wreckage of the plane that crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa.
The airline’s social media post says that “Tewolde Gebremariam, who is at the accident scene now, 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.”
Worried families immediately began gathering at the airport Nairobi in the wake of the crash.
“We’re just waiting for my mum. We’re just hoping she took a different flight or was delayed. She’s not picking up her phone,” Wendy Otieno told Reuters as she was clutching her phone and weeping.
Kenya’s transport minister, James Macharia, told reporters that authorities had not yet received the passenger manifest, but that an emergency response had been set up for family and friends.
In a statement, Boeing said they were “deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a 737 MAX 8 airplane.”
“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,” the statement continued. “A Boeing technical team is prepared to provide technical assistance at the request and under the direction of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.”
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