Ethiopian Airlines flight crashes, killing 157 aboard

- A Monitor Desk Report 10 Mar, 2019 | 2364 Views|-+
Dhaka: An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet to Nairobi crashed early on Sunday, March 10 with 149 passengers and 8 crew members aboard, leaving no survivors, the state broadcaster said.

The flight left Bole airport in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa at 8.38 am local time, before losing contact with the control tower just a few minutes later at 8.44 am.

"There are no survivors onboard the flight, which carried passengers from 33 countries," said state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation, quoting an unidentified source at the airline.

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

"Search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties," the airline said in a statement.

The flight had unstable vertical speed after takeoff, said flight tracking website Flightradar24.

At Nairobi airport, many passengers were waiting at the gate, with no information from airport authorities.

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

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