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Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashes killing all 157 people onboard

Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashes killing all 157 people onboard

The Boeing 737 MAX crashed six minutes after takeoff from Addis Adaba

An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed on Sunday morning while flying from Addis Ababa to Kenyan capital Nairobi, with all the 157 people on board killed.

Flight ET302, operated on a Boeing 737-800 Max aircraft, crashed near the town of Bishoftu, some 60 kilometres southeast of the Ethiopian capital, six minutes after takeoff.

The flight took off at 8.38am local time from Addis Ababa before losing contact at 8.44am.

It was carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members of 33 different nationalities – none of whom survived, according to an airline statement.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office first confirmed the incident 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,” the official Twitter account said.

Ethiopian Airlines said it was organising search operations and setting up a passenger information centre.

Boeing said in a tweet that it was “closely monitoring the situation”.

The reason for the crash is not yet known.

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