35 different nationalities killed in Ethiopian plane crash

Hiiraan Xog, Citizens of more than 30 countries were affected in the doomed Ethiopian plane that crashed near Addis Ababa on Sunday.

One Somali citizen is confirmed among those killed in the fatal crash in a Nairobi bound Boeing 737.

Abdishakur Shahad is said to be senior staff at Somali PM office.

Thirty-two Kenyans, 18 Canadians, 9 Ethiopians, 8 Chinese, 8 Americans, and 7 British citizens are among the dead, according to Ethiopian Airlines. Four of the victims held United Nations passports.

None of the 157 people on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed on Sunday morning en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi has survived, the airline said.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam “deeply regrets the fatal accident,” the airline said on its Twitter account.

The group CEO, who had travelled to the scene of the crash, expressed his “profound sympathy and condolences” to the families of all victims, the statement read.

The plane took off at 8:38 am (06:38 GMT) from Bole International Airport and “lost contact” six minutes later near Bishoftu.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office tweeted it “would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on a regularly scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.”

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta offered prayers for the family members and loved ones of those on the plane.

“We are saddened by the news of an Ethiopian Airlines passenger aircraft that is reported to have crashed 6 minutes after take-off en- route to Kenya. My prayers go to all the families and associates of those on board,” Kenyatta said on Twitter.

Ethiopian Airlines said it would send staff to the accident scene to “do everything possible to assist the emergency services”.

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