All passengers on board an Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed shortly after take-off on Sunday have died, the airline says
The airline added that there were 33 different nationalities on board.
The crash happened at 08.44 local
It is not yet clear what caused the accident.
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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.— Office of the Prime Minister - Ethiopia (@PMEthiopia) March 10, 2019
In an earlier statement, the airline said that search and rescue operations were
A fire engine drives to the scene of the crash near the town of Bishoftu. PHOTO CREDIT REUTERS.
"Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services," the statement added.
Boeing, the company that built the
Its 737 Max-8 aircraft is relatively new to the skies, having been launched in 2016. It was added to the Ethiopian Airlines fleet in July last year.
Another plane of the same model was involved in a crash five months
What do we know about the airline's safety record?
Ethiopian Airlines flies to many destinations in Africa, making it a popular carrier in a continent where many airlines fly only from their home country to destinations
It has a good reputation for safety, although in 2010 one of the company's
The incident killed 90 people on board.
The airline's highest fatalities prior to this came in a November 1996 crash during a hijacking on a flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi.
One of the