Eight Americans were among 157 people killed when a plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Ethiopia on Sunday morning.
The Ethiopian Airlines flight was headed from Addis Ababa en route to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi with 149 passengers and eight crew members on board, the airline said. There were no survivors.
There were no immediate details on what caused the crash of the Boeing 737 Max 8 plane, but flight-tracking website said the plane “had unstable vertical speed” after take-off.
Ethiopian Airline’s CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told a press conference that the plane had no known technical issues and the captain had an “excellent flying record” with more than 8,000 hours of flying experience.
No names have been released. The airline said the bodies of the victims will be delivered to their families once the identities of the deceased are determined.
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