All 157 people on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight were killed early Sunday after the plane crashed just six minutes into its ascent, officials said.
The victims of the Boeing 737-8 MAX crash included eight Americans. There were 149 passengers and eight crew members believed to be on the flight from Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya.
It was not immediately clear what caused the crash around Bishoftu, some 31 miles south of Addis Ababa, at 8:44 a.m. The plane was new and had been delivered to the airline in November, records show.
The pilot was seasoned and had flown 8,000 hours and captained a 737 since November 2017, officials said during a press conference.
The state-owned airline is widely considered the best managed in Africa.
In addition to the eight Americans on board, 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Chinese, eight Italians, seven each from France and Britain, six from Egypt, five each from the Netherlands and Germany, four each from India and Slovakia, three from Russia and one from Serbia all lost their lives.