All 157 people on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed soon after taking off from Addis Ababa have been killed, the airline said on Sunday morning.
The plane, en route to Nairobi, Kenya, lost contact at 8:44 a.m. local time, six min
utes after taking off from Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital.
Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam, told reporters at a press conference that
the pilot had reported technical difficulties and asked for clearance to return to Addis Ababa.
He was given clearance to turn back, according to GebreMariam, citing the Air Traffic Controllers record.
The pilot was a senior Ethiopian Airlines pilot who had flow
n more than 8,000 hours. He had an “excellent flying record,” according to the CEO.
The aircraft, flight number ET302, went down near Bishoftu, southeast of Addis
Ababa. An airline spokesperson told CNN the victims were of 35 different nationalities.
The spokesperson said 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethio
pians, eight Americans, eight Italians and seven UK nationals were among the passengers.
Eight Chinese passengers were also on board, said Li Liang, spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy to
hina will accelerate efforts to develop advanced manufacturing and strengthen its innovation
and competitiveness, while renovating and upgrading traditional industries, said Miao Wei, minister of industry and information technology.
To promote high-quality manufacturing development, the country will simultaneously f
oster and develop emerging industries and new technologies, addressing industry ove
rcapacity and push forward the intelligent manufacturing, Miao said on the sidelines of the ongoing two sessions.
In addition, Miao said by the end of February this year, 1.56 bill
ion mobile phones were in use in China, surpassing the total population of the country.
Authorities overseeing the market place will implement new regulations this year to more effective
ly impose the strictest punishment on violators found guilty of the production and selling of fake or su
bstandard goods, Zhang Mao, minister in charge of the State Administration for Market Regulation said on Tuesday.
China will establish systems to subject such violators to more
severe punishment, including hefty fines and compensation for consumers, Zhang sa
id. Violators will have all fake or substandard products identified, confiscated and destroyed, he said.
A whistle blower system will be established to more effectively deter such violations, he added.