Ethiopian Airlines plane crashes on route to Kenya with 157 people on board

Ethiopian Airlines plane crashes on route to Kenya with 157 people on board

An Ethiopian Airlines plane bound for Kenya has crashed with 149 passengers and eight crew members on board. 

An Ethiopian Airlines spokesman confirmed the Boeing 737 plane had crashed at 8:44am on Sunday.

The Ethiopian prime minister’s office said the plane had crashed on a regularly scheduled flight to Nairobi after taking off from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. 

It is not yet clear where the crash occurred.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tweeted his “deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones”.

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

More follows.

 

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