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An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed on Sunday morning, killing all 157 people on board.
The plane, with 149 passengers and 8 crew members, crashed 8 minutes after take off from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia en route to Nairobi in Kenya.
It is not yet clear what caused the crash.
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Local and international media quoted the Ethiopian Airlines CEO and Kenya’s transport minister as saying that among the dead were 32 Kenyans, 9 Ethiopians, 18 Canadians, 8 Americans, 8 Chinese and 8 Italians.
There were also 7 French, 7 British, 6 people from Egypt; 5 from the Netherlands and 4 each from India and Slovakia.
“Tewolde Gebremariam, who is at the accident scene now, regrets to confirm that there are no survivors. He expresses his profound sympathy and condolences to the families and loved ones of passengers and crew who lost their lives in this tragic accident,” the airline’s social media post said.