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Ethiopian Airline Crashed Killing 157 onboard
« on: March 11, 2019, 07:50:08 AM »

An Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa crashed shortly after takeoff Sunday morning, killing all 157 people onboard.

The state-run Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation said the flight that went down near the city of Bishoftu carried passengers from at least 33 countries.

Thirty-two Kenyans, eighteen Canadians, nine Ethiopians, and eight Americans were among those killed. A number of United Nations staff were also among the victims.

"The Secretary-General was deeply saddened at the tragic loss of lives in the airplane crash today near Addis Ababa," United Nations Secretary General spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.

"He conveys his heartfelt sympathies and solidarity to the victims' families and loved ones, including those of United Nations staff members, as well as sincere condolences to the Government and people of Ethiopia," the statement read, adding that the U.N. is in contact with Ethiopian authorities to "establish the details" of its employees who perished in the crash.

Ethiopian Airlines said the flight lost contact with Bole International Airport just six minutes after it took off Sunday morning at 8:38 am local time.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said in a Twitter statement: "The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express it's deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning."



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