PICTURES from the scene of the crash near the town of Bishoftu, which is 60km (37 miles) south-east of the capital, Addis Ababa, have been released.
The CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde Gebremariam, speaking at a press conference Sunday afternoon, said the captain of the crashed plane had told controllers at Bole airport that he was having difficulty and wanted to return, and that he had been given clearance.
He also said that the plane had arrived on Sunday morning from South Africa.
The CEO further said: “[The] plane had more than three hours of ground time after coming from South Africa, it arrived with no remark and was dispatched with no remark.”
Mr Tewolde said smoke was still smouldering at the crash site when he visited.
Ethiopian Airlines is currently giving more details of the passengers who were on board ET 302 that crashed on Sunday shortly after taking off from Bole International Airpoirt in Addis Ababa.
The numbers we have so far are:
32 passengers were Kenyan
4 UN passport
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