Addis Ababa: The Ethiopian Airlines, Boeing 737 crashed on Sunday killing all 157 lives on board. The destruction of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302, which was on its way to Nairobi, is the second calamity involving a Boeing 737 Max 8, a new model that experienced a similar accident in Indonesia in October.
The major number of victims were Kenyans. 7 Britons were on the flight, which left Bole airport at the 8.38am local time.
At least 19 people associated with the United Nations were among those killed, according to the UN migration agency chief. Many were delegates on their way to the UN environmental assembly, which starts in Nairobi on Monday. 18 Canadians also died.
Four Indians are identified and one of the four is a Doctor from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India. The officials said her name is Nukavarapu Manisha.
The pilot said he was experiencing technical problems and asked to return to the airport. The control tower lost contact with the aircraft at 8.44am. The wreckage was later discovered near the town of Bishoftu, 39 miles (62km) south-east of the Ethiopian capital. The flight tracking website Flightradar24 tweeted that the plane had unstable vertical speed after takeoff.
The cause of the accident is not yet known