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BREAKING Ethiopian Airlines plane crashes with 157 people on board

Mirror logo Mirror 10/03/2019 Tom Davidson

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copyright unknown © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited CAPTION: Ethiopian Airlines launch a new route from Manchester CREDIT: copyright unknown An Ethiopian Airlines plane en route to Nairobi has gone down with 149 passengers and 8 crew onboard, the airline said.

The Boeing 737 is believed to have crashed six minutes after take off from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, according to local reports.

It went down around 30 miles. There are no currently no confirmed details on numbers of any fatalities but the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed offered condolences to the families of those who had been lost.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister's official Twitter account has expressed condolences to families of those lost.

The PM's office wrote on Twitter: "The office of the PM, on behalf of government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express it's deepest condolences to the families that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning."

Some flights out of Addis Ababa were delayed or cancelled on Sunday morning, it has been reported.

The airline said the plane was a Boeing 737 800 MAX, the same model aircraft involved in the Indonesian Lion Air crash in which the plane plunged into the sea shortly after take off.

A statement from Ethiopian Airlines said: "Ethiopian Airlines regrets to confirm that its flight ET 302/10 March in schedule service from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit).

"The aircraft took off at 8.38am from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 8.44am.

"At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties.

"Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services."


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