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    The office of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has stated that a Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed killing an unspecified number of those who were on board.

    Ethiopian Airlines has issued an official statement on the matter confirming that the flight has crashed with 149 passengers and eight crew members on board.

    "We hereby confirm that our scheduled flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in accident today", the airline stated.

    The company said that the plane took off at 8:38 a.m. local time (05:38 GMT) from Addis Ababa and lost contact at 08:44 a.m.

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      The contact with the plane, which was heading to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, was lost just six minutes after Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 took off from Addis Ababa at 05:38 GMT. The site of the crash is located near the town of Bishoftu, some 30 miles to the southeast of the Ethiopian capital. An estimated 149 passengers from 35 countries and eight crew members were on board the plane. According to the carrier, no one has survived the crash.

    • 17:20

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      The staff of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) were aboard the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed earlier in the day, WFP Executive Director David Beasley said on Sunday.

    • 16:00

      Boeing Technical Team Heads to Ethiopia to Provide Assistance at the Crash Site

    • 15:43

      Ethiopian Authorities Launch Investigation Into Cause of the Incident

    • 15:39

      Ethiopian Airlines Announces List of Nationalities of Boeing 737's Deadly Crash Victims

      thiopian Airlines has said that there were 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight citizens each from Italy, China and the United States, as well as three Russians among the victims of the Sunday crash of its Boeing 737.

      The contact with the plane, which was heading to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, was lost just six minutes after flight ET302 took off from Addis Ababa at 05:38 GMT. The site of the crash is located near the town of Bishoftu, some 30 miles to the southeast of the Ethiopian capital. A total of 149 passengers of 35 nationalities and eight crew members were on board, with no survivors left.

      "The list of the passengers: 32 passengers are Kenyan nationals, 18 passengers are Canadian citizens, nine passengers are Ethiopian citizens, eight passengers are Italian citizens, eight passengers are Chinese citizens, and there were eight American citizens, seven British citizens, seven French citizens," the airline's CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam, said at a press conference.

       

      The list of the victims also includes six Egyptians; five Germans; four Indian citizens; four Slovakian citizens; three Austrians; three Russian citizens; three Swedish citizens; two Moroccan citizens; two Spanish citizens; two Polish citizens; two Israeli citizens; and a UN passport holder, according to an updated statement, issued by the airline.

      A Belgian, an Indonesian, a Ugandan, a Yemeni citizen, a Sudanese, one Serbian, a Togolese, a Mozambican, a Rwandan, a Somalian, a Norwegian, an Irish, a Saudi, a Nepalese, a Nigerian and a Djiboutian were also onboard, the statement added.

      At the press conference, GebreMariam also said that Boeing 737's pilot had reported problems after departing from the Ethiopian capital and requested permission to return to Addis Ababa. He, however, added that "it is too early to speculate the cause of the accident," adding that it was up to investigation to find it out.

    • 14:52

      Russian Embassy in Ethiopia Confirms 3 Russian Nationals Aboard Crashed Boeing 737

      "There were three Russian passengers aboard the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 that was heading this morning from Addis Ababa to Kenya", Rashid Umyarov, the head of the department, said live on air of the Rossiya 24 broadcaster.

      The embassy said that it was ready to provide assistance to the relatives of the three killed Russians.

      "We express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims! The embassy is establishing contact with the relatives of the Russians and is ready to provide them with all possible assistance in this situation", the embassy said on Twitter.

      The three Russian citizens on board the plane were Ekaterina Polyakova, Aleksandr Polyakov, and Sergei Vyalikov.

    • 13:44

      Ethiopian Airlines Announces List of Victims’ Nationalities in Deadly Boeing 737 Crash

      "List of passengers: 32 passengers were Kenyan nationals, 18 passengers were Canadian citizens, 9 passengers were Ethiopian citizens, 8 passengers were Italian citizens, 8 passengers were Chinese citizens, and there were 8 American citizens, 7 British citizens, 7 French citizens", the airline's CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam, said at a press conference.

      The list of the victims also includes six Egyptians, five Dutch nationals, four holders of UN passports, four Indian citizens, four Slovakian citizens, three Austrians, three Swedish citizens, three Russian citizens, two Moroccan citizens, two Spanish citizens, two Polish citizens, and two Israeli citizens.

      A Belgian, an Indonesian, a Ugandan, a Yemeni citizen, a Sudanese, a Serbian, a Togolese, a Mozambican, a Rwandan, a Somalian, a Norwegian, an Irish and a Saudi were also on board, he added.

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    • 12:56

      Putin Offers Condolences to Ethiopian Leadership Over Boeing 737 Crash

      Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his condolences to his Ethiopian counterpart, Sahle-Work Zewde, and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali in connection with the Sunday crash of a Boeing 737 aircraft in the country.

      "Dear Madam President, dear Mr Prime Minister, please accept my most sincere condolences over the death of passengers and crew members of the aircraft that crashed while departing from Addis Ababa Airport. Please convey words of sympathy and support to the families and friends of the victims. Let courage not leave them at this difficult time", the message that was published on the Kremlin website, says.

    • 12:53

      Kenyan President Expresses Condolences Over Flight ET302 Crash

      William Samoei Ruto, the country’s deputy president, similarly offered words of support to the families of the victims.

    • 12:53

      No Russian Diplomats on Board Ethiopia Airlines' Crashed Plane - Embassy in Addis Ababa

      "According to the preliminary information, none of our employees was on that flight. None of the embassy’s employees and other Russian missions located here is supposed to have been there. Now we are checking this information and are heading to Ethiopian Airlines", the embassy’s spokesman said.

      He added that the preliminary data similarly showed that there were no Russian nationals on that flight, reiterating that they were still checking the information.

      "You never know, if some tourist, flying across two or three countries, by accident, turned out to be there. I can't guarantee [that not Russians were on the flight] at the moment. We are rechecking: at the moment there is no data that someone from Russia was there", the diplomat added.

    • 12:28

      Boeing Says Ready to Lend Technical Support to Ethiopian Airlines After Flight ET302 Crash

      "Boeing is 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. 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", the company said in a statement, published on its official website.

    • 12:16

      Boeing 737 Crashed in Ethiopia 'Had No Known Technical Problems' – Airline CEO

      The pilot of Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 737 had an "excellent flying record", the company's CEO said in a statement.

      "From the air traffic controllers' record, the pilot mentioned that he had difficulty and wanted to return, so he was given clearance [to get back to] Addis", the CEO said at a press conference.

      According to GebreMariam, the plane was "well-maintained" and routine maintenance checks had not revealed any problems.

      The CEO added when asked a relevant question, that the Boeing had spent around three hours in Addis Ababa after arriving from Johannesburg, South Africa on Sunday morning and before departing for Nairobi, meaning that there was enough time to carry out all the necessary technical examination.

    • 11:30

      Ethiopian Airlines Confirms No One Survived Boeing 737 Crash in Central Ethiopia

      "The group's CEO who is at the accident scene right now regrets to confirm that there are no survivors. He expresses his profound sympathy and condolences to the families and loved ones of passengers and crew who lost their lives in this tragic accident", the company said in a press release.

    • 10:22

      No Survivors on Crashed Ethiopian Airlines Flight - State Broadcaster

      Everyone on board Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 737 that crashed in central Ethiopia on its way to Kenya on Sunday morning are believed to have died, media reported.

      A source in the company has confirmed fears that no passengers or crew members coming from 33 countries had survived the crash, according to Sky News, which cited the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation.

    • 09:52

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      - It was reportedly carrying 157 people: 149 passengers, 8 crew members

      - It is unknown if there are any survivors

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    • 09:25

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      There has so far been no information that Russian nationals were on board the plane that went down, the head of the consular unit of the Russian Embassy in Kenya, Oleg Kiporenko, told Sputnik.

      "We are in close contact with Ethiopian Airlines in Nairobi ... So far we have no information that there were Russian citizens onboard ... We are checking this information", Kiporenko said over the phone.

      According to the diplomat, Russian nationals tend to often fly with Ethiopian Airlines due to low-priced tickets.

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