Ethiopian Airline says search and rescue operations are still ongoing even as it continues to give details of its Boeing 737 that crashed early Sunday.
The Airlines had confirmed that all 157 people aboard a flight that crashed en route to Nairobi, Kenya, were killed.
“The 157 people aboard ET 302 included nationals from over 30 countries,” CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group, Tewolde Gebremariam, told a press conference.
The Airline disclosed that the victims include 32 from Kenya, 18 from Canada, nine from Ethiopia, eight each from China, Italy and the United States, seven each from Britain and France, six from Egypt, and five from the Netherlands.
They also include four each from India and Slovakia, three each from Austria, Russia and Sweden, two each from Israel, Morocco, Poland and Spain, and one each from Belgium, Djibouti, Indonesia, Ireland, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovenia, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, and Yemen.
The aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 MAX, reports said, took off at 08:38 a.m. local time Sunday from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08:44 a.m. It was said to have crashed around Bishoftu town, some 45 km from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
Further details also indicate that the plane arrived from Johannesburg, South Africa, nearly three hours before the last flight.
The aircraft, which was acquired by Ethiopian Airline last November, has only been in service for four months, flying more than 1,200 hours until Sunday’s crash, the Airline said