Ethiopian Airlines flight enroute to Nairobi with 157 people aboard crashes

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    Ethiopian Airlines flight enroute to Nairobi with 157 people aboard crashes

    Mogadishu (Horn Observer) An Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashed early on Sunday with 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard, Ethiopian airlines said in a statement.

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Ethiopian Airlines flight crashes with 157 onboard, spokesman confirms
Mogadishu (Horn Observer) An Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashed early on Sunday with 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard, Ethiopian airlines said in a statement.

Flight ET 302 crashed near the town of Bishoftu, 62 kilometers southeast of the capital Addis Ababa, the airline said, confirming the plane was a Boeing 737-800 MAX.

"It is confirmed it happened 8.44 (am),” the spokesman told Reuters as he did not give his name.


The prime minister’s office sent condolences via Twitter to the families of those lost in the crash.

"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 Prime Minister’s office said.

No information about survivors or any possible casualties

The airline said that "search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties,”
There were no immediate details on what caused the crash.

The state-owned Ethiopian Airlines calls itself Africa’s largest carrier and has ambitions of becoming the gateway to the continent.

The crash comes as the country’s reformist prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has vowed to open up the airline and other sectors to foreign investment in a major transformation of the state-centered economy.


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