'No survivors': 149 passengers killed as Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashes

Ethiopian AirlinesWreckage from the ET302 flight.

An Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on Sunday, killing all of the 149 passengers and eight crew on board the ET302 flight.

The Boeing 737 Max-8 plane was flying from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya, when it encountered an issue six minutes after take off.

“Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO deeply regrets the fatal accident involved on ET 302/March 10 on a scheduled flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi,” the airline said on its Facebook page.

“The group CEO who is at the accident scene right now regrets to confirm that there are no survivors.

“He expresses his profound sympathy and condolences to the families and loved ones of passengers and crew who lost their lives in this tragic accident.”

The airline said there were 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Americans, eight Italians, eight Chinese, seven French and seven British among the passengers.

The cause of the crash is not yet known. However, the pilot reported technical difficulties and asked to turn back to Addis Ababa, according to the airline’s CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam.

“At this stage, we cannot rule out anything,” Gebremariam told reporters at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.

“We cannot also attribute the cause to anything because we will have to comply with the international regulation to wait for the investigation.”

This is the second Boeing 737 Max-8 plane to crash in the last six months. A Lion Air plane of the same model crashed in the sea near Indonesia last October with 189 people on board.

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