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Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 Crash Leaves All 149 On Board Dead

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LAHORE MIRROR (Monitoring Report)– All 149 passengers including crew members on board an Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed shortly after take-off on Sunday have died, the airline confirms.

The flight ET302 was going from Addis Ababa to Nairobi in Kenya when it met its fate.

The airline added that there were 33 different nationalities on board.

The crash happened at 08.44 local time, six minutes after the flight took-off from the Ethiopian capital.

It is not yet clear what caused the accident.

First word of the crash came when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed expressed his “deepest condolences” on Twitter.

In an earlier statement, the airline said that search and rescue operations were under way near the crash site around the town of Bishoftu, which is 60km (37 miles) south-east of the capital.

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

Boeing, the company that built the aeroplane, said in a tweet that it was “closely monitoring the situation”.

Its 737 Max-8 aircraft is relatively new to the skies, having been launched in 2016. It was added to the Ethiopian Airlines fleet in July last year.

Nearly 190 people were killed after another plane of the same model operated by Lion Air crashed  into the sea near Indonesia five months ago.

SOURCE: BBC NEWS