An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after takeoff in Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board, including at least eight Americans, according to the Associated Press and other news agencies on the ground in Africa.
Reuters reports that all 149 passengers and eight crew members died aboard the flight, which crashed less than 50 miles (and less than ten minutes) into its planned journey. Eight Americans are among th dead, but Ethiopian state broadcasters listed “Kenyan, Ethiopian, American, Canadian, French, Chinese, Egyptian, Swedish, British, Dutch, Indian, Slovakian, Austrian, Swedish, Russian, Moroccan, Spanish, Polish, and Israeli citizens” among the victims.
Many of the passengers were part of a United Nations delegation, including four members of the U.N.’s World Food Program, headed to an environmental conference in Kenya, also according to Reuters.
The Ethiopian prime minister offered condolences to the friends and family of those who perished in the flight, the Associated Press reports; the airline — Africa’s largest — says that it is still engaged in a search and rescue operation, but that they have found no survivors.
“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,” read a post on Ethiopian Airline’s social media accounts mid-day on Sunday. (Read more from “Flight Crashes Killing 157, Including 8 Americans” HERE)