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Ethiopian Airlines plane crashes minutes after takeoff

The Ethiopian prime minister’s office says an Ethiopian Airlines plane, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 has crashed on its way to Nairobi, with deaths reported.

The airline says it believes 149 passengers and eight crew members were on board flight ET302 that crashed six minutes after taking off from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, on a regularly scheduled flight to Nairobi.

A statement from the airline Sunday morning said the Boeing 737 crashed around Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of the capital, shortly after taking off at 8:38am local time.

The airline statement said “search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties.”

The Ethiopian prime minister’s office in a separate, earlier statement offered condolences to families. The state-owned Ethiopian Airlines calls itself Africa’s largest carrier and has ambitions of becoming the gateway to the continent.

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0 #1 Montoya Marianas 2019-03-10 16:26
Sad. May the deceased Rip
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+2 #2 Wainainchi 2019-03-11 01:56
Huge tragedy and loss of human lives! My deepest condolences to the families of killed passanfmgers on this tragic flight.

We are crying for them!! What a loss!! Horrible!! Question for Boing manufacturers.

By saving on fuel we understand you made bigger engines which cause I stability Plus navigation and computer malfunctions.

FAA and Boing are main causes of recent fatalities if Lion of Indonesia and Ethioan Airlines They should compensate the families if victims and withdraw these faulty planes so that similar tragedies will not happen.

Planes were safe for decades until you Boing introduced these workhorses to ferry more passanfmgers,save on fuel and kill people. STOO NOW BIING AND FAA and passangers and countries affected sue those in court.Shame on FAA.!!!!!
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0 #3 Wainainchi 2019-03-11 08:52
Latest news coming is confusing.Gor Lion Air they say it could be the act of sabotage!

For this tragedy latest is that plane caught fire at the rear and it fell down in flames. The pilot tried to return back but was unable to make it.
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