An Ethiopian Airlines flight en route to Nairobi on Sunday morning, crashed soon after takeoff, killing all 149 passengers and 8 crew members on board.
The crash occurred shortly after the plane left Addis Ababa for Nairobi in Kenya.
According to CNN, Flight ET302 lost contact at 8:44 a.m. local time, six minutes after taking off from Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital.
The plane went down near Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa.
An airline spokesman told CNN that the victims were of 32 different nationalities.
Two Nigerians, thirty-two Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Americans, eight Italians, and eight Chinese nationals were among the passengers. Seven French and seven UK nationals were also on board.
Reacting, the Ethiopian government, in a tweet expressed its “deepest condolences to the families.”
The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express it’s deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.
— Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia (@PMEthiopia) March 10, 2019
Also reacting, the aerospace giant, in a press statement said it was “deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew.
“Boeing technical team is prepared to provide technical assistance at the request and under the direction of the US National Transportation Safety Board.”