Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Ethiopian Airlines plane crash

Ethiopian Airlines plane crash

"It is believed that there were 149 passengers and 8 crew onboard the flight but we are now confirming the details of the passenger manifest for the flight".

Ethiopian is one of the biggest carriers on the continent by fleet size.

Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 crashed Sunday morning shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, the airline said.

Both Addis Ababa and Nairobi are major hubs for humanitarian workers, and some had been on their way to a large United Nations environmental conference set to begin Monday in Nairobi.

The dead included Kenyan, Ethiopian, American, Canadian, French, Chinese, Egyptian, Swedish, British, Dutch, Indian, Slovakian, Austrian, Swedish, Russian, Moroccan, Spanish, Polish, and Israeli citizens.

There was no immediate indication of what caused the crash and safety experts said it was too early to speculate, adding most accidents are caused by a cocktail of factors.

The crash was likely to renew questions about the 737 Max 8, the newest version of Boeing's popular single-aisle airliner, which was first introduced in 1967 and has become the world's most common passenger jet.

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Some 149 passengers and eight crew members were on board of the plane that crashed six minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa, on a flight to Nairobi, Kenya.

"At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible causalities", Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement.

The jet showed unstable vertical speed after takeoff, air traffic monitor Flightradar 24 said.

The Ethiopian plane was delivered to the airline in November.

North American airlines that operate the 737 MAX 8 said they were monitoring the investigation.

The last crash by the airline was in 2010 when one of the company's aeroplanes crashed in the Mediterranean Sea after leaving Beirut.

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