At least, 35 nations were affected in the crashed Boeing 737 that crashed en-route Nairobi, Kenya. 

Ethiopian Airlines Chief Executive, Tewolde GebreMariam, said seven British, seven French, eight Italian and 18 Canadian nationals were among the 157 victims of an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Sunday.

Thirty-two Kenyan, nine Ethiopian, eight U.S. and eight Chinese nationals were also among the dead, he told journalists.

None of the 149 passengers and eight crew members on board the Boeing 737 that crashed en route after it left Addis Ababa, survived.  

The 157 passengers were of 35 different nationalities, with one person travelling on a UN passport, the airline said.

Flight ET 302 crashed near the town of Bishoftu, about 50 kilometres south-east of the Ethiopian capital.

The Boeing 737 took off at 8:38 am (0538 GMT) from Bole International Airport and lost contact a few minutes later, according to the airline.

Shortly after take-off, the senior pilot, who had been working for the airline since 2010, sent a distress call and was given clearance to return, GebreMariam said.

The airline had bought the new plane in November, according to GebreMariam.

The plane had flown only 1,200 hours since its purchase and was last maintained on February 4.

It had arrived in Addis Ababa on Sunday morning from Johannesburg, South Africa, before taking off for Nairobi a few hours later, according to Ethiopian Airlines.

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Boeing said it is “deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a 737 MAX 8 airplane.”

A Boeing technical team was prepared to provide technical assistance at the request and under the direction of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, Boeing said in a statement.

Ethiopian Airlines said it set up a committee with Boeing, the national civil aviation authority, the national transport authority and other experts to conduct forensic investigations and identify the victims.

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