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Families begin to confirm victims in Ethiopian Airlines plane crash

11 March 2019

Families and loved ones have began to confirm information of the victims in Nairobi, Kenya from a plane that had been bound for the Kenyan capital crashed and killed all 157 people aboard. The victims include 32 from Kenya, 18 from Canada, nine from Ethiopia, eight each from China, Italy and the United States, seven each from Britain and France, six from Egypt, and five from the Netherlands, the airline said earlier.

The aircraft was a new one purchased from Boeing in November, 2018, and there was no known mechanical failure prior to the accident, the airline said, adding that more joint investigation with Boeing and international aviation authorities is underway.

The Ethiopian Airlines aircraft ET 302, a Boeing 737-800 MAX, took off at 08:38 local time from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and was scheduled to arrive in Nairobi at 10:25. It lost contact at 08:44, and crashed around Bishoftu town, some 45 kilometers from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.