157 People On Board As Ethiopian Airline Crashes

An Ethiopian Airlines flight travelling from Addis Ababa to Nairobi with 157 people aboard crashed on Sunday, the company confirmed in a statement.

“It is confirmed it happened 08.44,” a spokesman who did not give his name, told the Reuters news agency.

The Boeing 737 plane is believed to have been carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members. It took off at 08:38 from Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia, the company said in a statement.

It crashed near the town of Bishoftu, 62 kilometres southeast of the capital Addis Ababa.

“At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualities,” the airline said.

“Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services,” it added.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed offered his “deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones,” his office said on Twitter.

Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia

@PMEthiopia

The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express it’s deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.

The flight was scheduled to land in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, at 10:25, according to Flight Radar, a website tracking air traffic.

According to the website, the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft had performed its first flight in October 2018.

Flightradar24

@flightradar24

We are following reports that Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi has crashed after take off from Addis Ababa.

Our coverage in the area is limited. We tracked the flight for about 3 minutes after take off.https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/et-avj#1fc0cdb5 

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Flightradar24

@flightradar24

Flight was performed by a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with registration ET-AVJ and serial number 62450. First flight was in October 2018. pic.twitter.com/zLatoC4BNE

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