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March 10, 2019 (GSN) - Ethiopian prime minister’s office says Ethiopian Airlines flight has crashed on way to Nairobi, deaths reported. An Ethiopian Airlines flight between Addis Ababa and Kenya's capital, Nairobi, has crashed, Ethiopian prime minister's office said on Sunday.

 "The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its 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," the office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Twitter. 

Grief and sorrow know no borders, but Sunday's Ethiopian Airline crash is truly an international tragedy.

When the Nairobi, Kenya-bound plane went down shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa, it killed 157 people, seven of them crew members and one a security official, an airline spokeswoman said. The passengers were from 35 nations, the airline says.
"Among the most affected, as you may expect, is Kenya, which had about 32 passengers on board," said James Macharia, Kenya's transport minister.
There were also several UN staff on board, according to an official, who said it's believed that some of the staff members were freelance interpreters. The specifics are unclear because UN staff members don't always travel with their UN passports.
Though it's not clear why UN employees were on the plane, the UN Environment Assembly is scheduled to begin Monday in Nairobi.

Here are the 35 nationalities of the passengers and security official, according to the airline.

  1. Kenya -- 32
  2. Canada -- 18
  3. Ethiopia -- 9
  4. China -- 8
  5. Italy -- 8
  6. USA -- 8
  7. France -- 7
  8. UK -- 7
  9. Egypt -- 6
  10. Germany -- 5
  11. India -- 4
  12. Slovakia -- 4
  13. Austria -- 3
  14. Russia -- 3
  15. Sweden -- 3
  16. Israel -- 2
  17. Morocco -- 2
  18. Poland -- 2
  19. Spain -- 2
  20. Belgium -- 1
  21. Djibouti -- 1
  22. Indonesia -- 1
  23. Ireland -- 1
  24. Mozambique -- 1
  25. Norway -- 1
  26. Rwanda -- 1
  27. Saudi Arabia-- 1
  28. Sudan -- 1
  29. Somalia -- 1
  30. Serbia -- 1
  31. Togo -- 1
  32. Uganda -- 1
  33. Yemen -- 1
  34. Nepal -- 1
  35. Nigeria -- 1

One passenger was traveling on a UN passport.

 

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