No survivors after Ethiopian Airlines flight crashes, state TV says


Addis Ababa – None of the 157 people on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed on Sunday morning en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi have survived, Ethiopia’s state broadcaster said.

Thirty-three nationalities were on board flight ET 302, which crashed near the town of Bishoftu, about 50 kilometres south-east of the Ethiopian capital, according to the report.

Thirty-two Kenyans and 17 Ethiopians are among the dead, an Ethiopian Airlines spokesman told dpa. There was no immediate confirmation of which other nationalities were on board.

The Boeing 737, which had 149 passengers and eight crew members on board, took off at 8:38 am (0538 GMT) from Bole International Airport and lost contact a few minutes later, according to the airline.

“The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its 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,” the office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Twitter.

The cause of the crash remained unknown on Sunday. (dpa)