More are joining China in grounding their Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleets, while investigators found the black box from a crash that killed 157 people in the second disaster involving that airplane model in five months.
An Ethiopian Airlines 737-800 plane en route to Nairobi crashed shortly after takeoff, with the airline confirming that there were no survivors. The pilot had reported difficulties and asked for permission to turn back.
An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed on Sunday, shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa, killing all eight crew members and 149 passengers on board the Nairobi-bound flight.
Flight ET 302 came down near the town of Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Addis Ababa, just minutes after taking off at 8:38 a.m. local time, the airline said in a statement.
An eyewitness told the AFP news agency that the aircraft was on fire before it hit the ground?
People from 35 countries were on board the flight, the airline said in a statement posted on Twitter. The airline has said that among the dead are 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians and nine Ethiopians, as well as eight passengers each from the United States, China and Italy.
There were also eight passengers from France, seven from the United Kingdom, six from Egypt, five each from Germany and the Netherlands and four each from India and Slovakia.
The United Nations said some 19 people on the flight were affiliated with the UN.
Those include carriers in Indonesia and Ethiopia. India will soon issue additional safety instructions, while Kenya is joining Ethiopia in forming a joint disaster response team to investigate the crash.