Ethiopian Airlines to Nairobi crashes with 149 passengers on board

Written By: Muraya Kamunde
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An Ethiopian Airlines scheduled from Addis Ababa to Kenya’s Capital, Nairobi, has crashed early Sunday morning around Bishoftu formerly known as Debre Zeit.

“It is believed that there were 149 passengers and 8 crew members on board but we are currently confirming the details of the passenger manifest for the flight,” the Airlines said through a statement.

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The Ethiopian Airlines took off at 08:38 from Bole International Airport and lost contact 08:44 six minutes after takeoff.

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

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Earlier the office of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia sent condolences to the families of those who have lost their loved ones.

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“The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on a regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning” the office of the PM tweeted.

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