With Arab Nationalities Among 157 Victims of Ethiopian Airlines Crash

  • With Arab Nationalities Among 157 Victims of Ethiopian Airlines Crash

With Arab Nationalities Among 157 Victims of Ethiopian Airlines Crash

Seven British nationals were on board as well as 18 Canadians and eight USA citizens.

Air traffic control lost contact with the Boeing 737-800MAX six minutes after taking off from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, according to Ethiopian airlines.

Canada, Ethiopia, the U.S., China, Italy, France, Britain, Egypt, Germany, India and Slovakia all lost four or more citizens. The plane was among six of 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets the rapidly expanding carrier has ordered.

Both Addis Ababa and Nairobi are major hubs for humanitarian workers, and some had been on their way to a large United Nations environmental conference set to begin Monday in Nairobi.

People from 33 countries were on board, of which 32 were Kenyans and 17 Ethiopians.

China is an important market for the USA aircraft company, accounting for about one-fifth of worldwide deliveries of Boeing 737 MAX models. GebreMariam said they have not yet determined the cause of the crash.

"We hereby confirm that our scheduled flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today", Ethiopian said in a statement.

The Swedish-based flight tracking organisation said on its Twitter feed: "Data from Flightradar24 ADS-B network show that vertical speed was unstable after take off". A Boeing 737 800 MAX crashed on Sunday, the airline said.

In the US, the Federal Aviation Administration said it would join the National Transportation Safety Board in assisting Ethiopian authorities with the crash investigation.

The plane crashed near Bishoftu city, about 45 km southeast of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the ET said in a statement.

The last crash by the airline was in 2010 when one of the company's aeroplanes crashed in the Mediterranean Sea after leaving Beirut.