Ethiopian Airlines crash: Four deceased Indians identified

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 11, 2019, 07.16 AM (IST)

All 157 people aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight on route to Nairobi from Addis Ababa that crashed early Sunday have died, a spokesperson for the airline confirmed.

The airline's CEO, Tewolde Gebre Mariam, told members of the press that four Indians were among the dead.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted out the names of the victims provided by the Indian embassy in Ethiopia.

''@IndiaInEthiopia has informed me that the deceased Indian nationals are Vaidya Pannagesh Bhaskar, Vaidya Hansin Annagesh, Nukavarapu Manisha and Shikha Garg,'' Sushma Swaraj tweeted.

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The Ethiopian Airlines (ET) aircraft ET 302, a Boeing 737-800 MAX, took off at 08:38 local time from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and was scheduled to arrive in Nairobi, Kenya at 10:25. It lost contact at 08:44, and crashed around Bishoftu town, some 45 kilometres from Addis Ababa.

Rescuers have been able to retrieve some remains of the aircraft's engine and wings by 20:00. 

The wreckage pieces were scattered in an area as large as 10,000 square meters because of the huge impact force, they said, adding that the excavation would go on overnight.

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External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted out the names of the victims provided by the Indian embassy in Ethiopia.