All 157 people on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi which crashed shortly after takeoff from Bole International Airport died, the airline confirmed on Sunday via Twitter.
Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed offered condolences to families of the deceased.
Air traffic control lost contact with the Boeing 737-800MAX six minutes after taking off from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, according to Ethiopian airlines.
The 149 passengers and eight crew were of 33 nationalities, the country’s state broadcaster EBC reported on Sunday.
A statement by the airline earlier on Sunday said a search and rescue operation was underway.
“The airline has a good reputation for safety, the last major accident involving an Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane was in 2010, when a Boeing 737-800 exploded after taking off from Lebanon, killing 83 passengers and seven crew”.
Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta also offered condolences to victims’ families via Twitter.