Ethiopian Airlines 737 crashes killing all 157 on board

An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max-8 aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa on Sunday, killing all 157 passengers and crew on board.

149 passengers and eight crew members were on flight ET302 from the Ethiopian capital to Nairobi, Kenya.

The crash happened at 08:44 local time, six minutes after Boeing’s latest generation narrowbody aircraft took off.

Another 737 Max-8 was involved in a crash just five months earlier, when Lion Air Flight 610 crashed into the Java Sea 12 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 passengers and crew on board.

The cause of the disaster is not yet clear, however, the pilot had reported difficulties and had requested to return to Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Airlines officials said.

“At this stage, we cannot rule out anything,” said Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.

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

Of the 157 victims, there were 33 nationalities, including 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, eight Americans, and seven British nationals.