Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 with 149 passengers and eight crew on board crashed en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi on Sunday.
No survivors were found at the scene. A spokesperson said 32 Kenyans and 17 Ethiopians were among the 157.
“The group CEO who is at the accident scene right now regrets to confirm 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,” Ethiopian airlines said in a statement.
Ealier, the Ethiopian Airlines confirmed the crash and said the scheduled flight had taken off from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport at 08:38 a.m. local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08:44 a.m.
“At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible causalities,” the airline said, adding it has dispatched staff to the scene.
Accident Bulletin no. 1
Issued on march 10, 2019 at 11:00am
Ethiopian Airlines will release further information as soon as it is available. Updated information will also be on Ethiopian Airlines website at https://t.co/Je7pXoKxHh pic.twitter.com/07wKZHPVPl
— Ethiopian Airlines (@flyethiopian) March 10, 2019
“Ethiopian Airlines is establishing a passenger information center and telephone number will be available shortly for family or friends of those who may have been on flight ET 302/10 March.”