Immediately following the tragic accident, Kenya’s Transport Minister James Macharia and Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) General Manager Jonny Andersen held a press conference on March 10, 2019.
The 149 passengers and eight crew members would be flying Ethiopian Airlines, ET302, which ensured, Sunday, March 10, the Addis Abeba- Nairobi, Kenya, all died. There were 33 nationalities on board.
In all, 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, 9 Ethiopians, 8 Chinese, 8 Italians, 8 Americans, 7 French, 7 British, 6 Egyptians, 5 Dutch, 4 United Nations (UN) staff, 4 Indians, 3 Russians, 2 Morocans, 2 Israelis, 1 Belgian, 1 Ugandan, 1 Yemenite, 1 Sudanese, 1 Togolese, 1 Mozambican and 1 Norwegian were part of this flight which crashed at 08:44 local time (05H44 GMT), ie 6 minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa airport. The cause of the accident is not yet clear.
The aircraft manufacturer, Boieng, who designed the aircraft, said in a tweet that he « was watching the situation closely ». His 737 Max-8 aircraft is relatively new in the sky since its launch in 2016. It was added to the Ethiopian Airlines fleet in July 2018.
On Twitter, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed extended his condolences to the families. « The Prime Minister’s Office, on behalf of the Government and the people of Ethiopia, expresses its deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones this morning in the flight of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 to Nairobi, » he said. they have.
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