Eighteen Canadians among 157 killed in Ethiopia plane crash

Eighteen Canadians among 157 killed in Ethiopia plane crash

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement that he was "deeply saddened at the tragic loss of lives". U.N. Environment has said more than 4,700 heads of state, ministers, business leaders and others would attend.

The jet, which was Nairobi-bound, crashed six minutes after take off. Citizens from at least 35 countries were on the Boeing 737-MAX 8, including 19 United Nations workers.

The Boeing 737 passenger jet was heading from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa to Kenya's capital city of Nairobi.

A Boeing statement in July noted the delivery of the first plane.

It is not yet clear what caused the accident.

Numerous passengers were from Kenya, but others were said to be from Italy, France, the US, Egypt, the Netherlands, Slovakia and India.

The aircraft went down around Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa.

Little of the plane can be seen in the freshly churned earth.

"He conveys his heartfelt sympathies and solidarity to the victims' families and loved ones, including those of United Nations staff members, as well as honest condolences to the Government and people of Ethiopia", the spokesman added.

He said, "some relatively minor, but necessary schedule and capacity changes will be needed over the next few days to manage the flight schedule in instances where the national airline may be short on available aircraft".

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Flightradar 24 data shows the 737 MAX 8 was climbing normally with constant speed and altitude lines when suddenly all radar and systems contact is lost.

The last fatal Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane crash was in 2010 when all 90 on board were killed when the aircraft crashed minutes after take-off from Beirut.

State broadcaster EBC reported all passengers were dead and that the passengers included 33 nationalities.

Police and troops were on the scene, as well as a crash investigation team from Ethiopia's civil aviation agency.

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It was the second crash in six months involving Boeing's new model.

"Ethiopian Airlines + has made a decision to ground all B-737-8 MAX fleet effective yesterday, March 10, until further notice", the state-owned carrier said in a statement released on Twitter.

The airline said: " At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible causalities.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co is the biggest operator of the MAX 8, with 31 aircraft, followed by American Airlines Group Inc and Air Canada with 24 each. The statement gave no details.

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