CNN has confirmed that all 157 people on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed soon after taking off from Addis Ababa are dead.
According to the media house, this was confirmed by the airline this morning. been killed, the airline said on Sunday morning.
Recall that the plane, en route to Nairobi, Kenya, lost contact at 08.44 am local time, six minutes after taking off from Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital. Later, it was discovered that the aircraft, flight number ET 302, went down near Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa.
And speaking with CNN, the airline spokesperson told CNN the victims were of 32 different nationalities. Eight Chinese passengers were on board, said Li Liang, spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy to Ethiopia.
“The group CEO who is at the accident scene right now regrets to confirm that there are no survivors,” Ethiopian Airlines wrote on Twitter. “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.”
It added that a passenger information center and hotline “will be available shortly for family or friends of those who may have been on flight.”
Accident Bulletin no. 2
Issued on march 10, 2019 at 01:46 PM pic.twitter.com/KFKX6h2mxJ
— Ethiopian Airlines (@flyethiopian) March 10, 2019
The Ethiopian government expressed its “deepest condolences to the families,” the office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who first broke the news of the crash, said on Twitter.
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.
— Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia (@PMEthiopia) March 10, 2019