Ethiopian Airlines Flight Crashes Near Addis Ababa, Killing 157 People on Board
An Ethiopian Airlines flight carrying at least 157 people crashed early Sunday shortly after departing from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, en route to Nairobi, Kenya, the airline said, killing everyone onboard, reported NY times.
The plane was identified by its manufacturer, Boeing, as one of its newest models, a 737 Max 8. The cause of the crash was unclear, but a Lion Air flight using the same model of plane went down in Indonesiain October and killed 189 people.
Officials are investigating whether changes to the Max 8’s automatic controls might have sent that flight into an unrecoverable nose-dive.
The airline said the flight was carrying passengers from 35 countries, plus one person with a United Nations passport. The dead included 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight each from the United States, China and Italy, and seven each from France and Britain, the airline said.