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Kenyan soccer official believed dead in Ethiopia plane crash

Ethiopia Plane Crash

Parts of the plane wreckage at Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Monday, March 11, 2019, where Ethiopia Airlines Flight 302 crashed Sunday. Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a deadly crash Sunday involving a new aircraft model touted for its environmentally friendly engine that is used by many airlines worldwide. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

AP

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A prominent Kenyan soccer official is believed to be among 157 people killed in a plane crash in Ethiopia on Sunday.

Hussein Swaleh, the former secretary general of the Kenyan soccer federation, was due to return home on the Ethiopian Airlines flight after working as the match commissioner in an African Champions League game in Egypt on Friday.

The plane was headed for the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, but it crashed minutes after takeoff in Addis Ababa. Authorities say there were 149 passengers and eight crew members onboard and no one survived.

Kenyan soccer federation president Nick Mwendwa said Swaleh was one of the 32 Kenyan nationals on the flight. Mwendwa wrote on Twitter: “Sad day for football.”