(JTA) — Israel has offered its assistance to the Ethiopian government following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members.
Two Israelis and eight Americans were among the passengers on the plane that crashed six minutes after takeoff on Sunday morning. There were no survivors. The dead were of at least 32 different nationalities, according to reports.
The Boeing 737 was en route to Nairobi, Kenya.
The cause of the crash has not been identified. But the CEO of the airline, who visited the crash site, told reporters that the pilot sent out a distress call and was given clearance to return.
“I would like to send condolences to the government and people of Ethiopia, and to the families of the victims who perished in the plane crash,” Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday morning. “If there is anything we can do, we are – of course – ready to do it. We have also said this to the Ethiopian government.”
Some 100,000 Israelis traveled on Ethiopian Airlines last year, mostly to India and the Far East, Israel’s Kan broadcaster reported.