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Tragedy strikes as Ethiopian Airline flight crashes,all 157 people on board dead.

Ethiopian Airline flight crashes,all 157 people on board dead.


An Ethiopian Airlines flight with 157 people thought to be on board crashed shortly after takeoff Sunday morning from Ethiopia’s capital while headed to Nairobi, the airline said.

There were no immediate details on what caused the crash of the Boeing 737-8 MAX plane, which was new and had been delivered to the airline in November.

Ethiopia’s state broadcaster EBC said all passengers were dead, adding that they included 33 nationalities.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry said it was checking whether Israeli passengers were aboard. Unconfirmed Hebrew-language media reports said at least two Israelis were feared to have been on the crashed plane.

The Addis Ababa-Nairobi route is often used by Israelis, as there are no direct flights between Israel and Kenya. Channel 13 reported that the plane that crashed had been in Israel as recently as last Wednesday.

The airline’s statement said 149 passengers and eight crew members were thought to be on the plane that crashed six minutes after departing Addis Ababa on its way to Kenya’s capital. The crash occurred around Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Addis Ababa, at 8:44 a.m.

“My prayers go to all the families and associates of those on board,” Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said.

Records show that the plane was new. The Planespotters civil aviation database shows that the Boeing 737-8 MAX was delivered to Ethiopian Airlines in mid-November.

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