Several people are feared dead after an Ethiopian Airlines flight with 149 passengers and eight crew members on board crashed this morning south of Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa, according to official reports.
The Boeing 737 was on a regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya from Addis Ababa whereby it took off at 8:38 am local time, but lost contact at 8:44 am.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed confirmed there were deaths but did not give a specific number. He said in a tweet “The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on the Nairobi bound flight this morning.”
The cause of the crash of flight ET302 is still unknown but investigations are ongoing to ascertain it’s cause.
A spokesperson from Ethiopian Airlines has released a statement saying the airline lost contact with Bole International Airport six minutes after takeoff before crashing 60 kilometres South-east of the airport.
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