Ethiopian Airlines Flight carrying 157 to Nairobi Crashes

Kenyan who died alongside mother three kids had premonition about Ethiopian Airlines crash

Kenyan who died alongside mother three kids had premonition about Ethiopian Airlines crash

The Boeing 737 Max 8 plane heading to Nairobi left Ethiopia's Addis Ababa International Airport this morning but came down within six minutes, killing all 149 passengers and eight crew members on board. The plane plowed into the ground at Hejere near Bishoftu.

The airline said that all 157 people from more than 30 countries on board have been killed, which included six Egyptians whose names still remain unidentified.

Kenya had the largest number of casualties with 32, followed by Canada with 18, Ethiopia nine, then Italy, China, and the United States with eight each. GebreMariam said they have not yet determined the cause of the crash.

At least 22 UN staff were on the flight, many headed for an annual assembly of the UN Environment Programme which opened under a dark cloud in Nairobi on Monday. The U.N. flag at the event flew at half-staff.

The Ethiopian plane was delivered to the airline in November.

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It also mentioned the Indonesia Lion Air flight, which crashed after takeoff from Jakarta in October, killing all 189 people on board.

The crash shattered more than two years of relative calm in African skies, where travel had always been chaotic.

China is an important market for the U.S. aircraft company, accounting for about one-fifth of worldwide deliveries of Boeing 737 MAX models.

Safety experts cautioned against drawing too many comparisons between the two crashes until more is known about Sunday's disaster. The jet's last maintenance was on February 4, and it had flown just 1,200 hours.

A statement from Ethiopian Airlines reads: "Ethiopian Airlines regrets to confirm that its flight ET 302/10 March in schedule service from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit)".

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