157 people were killed in a plane crash that left no survivors.
Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crashed shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa. It was headed to Nairobi, where some of the passengers were set to attend a UN environmental conference. It was carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members.
Airline officials report that the passengers were of at least 35 different nationalities, including 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, eight Americans, and eight Italians.
The cause of the crash is still unknown. Officials for the airline say the plane had just been delivered in November 2018 and had recently been inspected with no red flags. They also say search and rescue efforts are underway as well as an investigation into the cause of the crash. The majority of the victims’ names have not yet been released.
The Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane reportedly lost contact with the air traffic controllers approximately six minutes after takeoff and crashed shortly after in Bishoftu, just south of their departure city. The pilot, who have been flying with the airline for 20 years, reportedly sent out a distress signal shortly after takeoff and was given clearance to return to the airport.
Another place of the same model crashed in October 2018, killing nearly 190 people.