Ethiopian plane crashes as many feared dead

A Nairobi-bound Ethiopian plane, Boeing 737, carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members on Sunday crashed in Bishoftu shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa.

It was reported that the crash occurred at 08.44 local time in Bishoftu.

“Ethiopian Airlines regrets to confirm that its flight ET 302/10 March in schedule service from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit),” the statement read.

“The aircraft B-737-800MAX with registration number ET-AVJ took off at 08:38 am local time from Addis Ababa, Bole lnternational Airport and lost contact at 08:44am.

“At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible causalities. Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency.”

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