A list of the 35 nationalities killed in Ethiopia crash

A list of the 35 nationalities killed in Ethiopia crash

A list of the 35 nationalities killed in Ethiopia crash

The flight took off at 8.38am local time from Addis Ababa before losing contact at 8.44am.

At 6:22 p.m. Jakarta time, USA company Boeing confirmed that the aircraft was a Boeing 737-MAX 8, the same aircraft that was used for Lion Air flight JT610, which crashed in Indonesia in late October.

An Ethiopian Airlines jet faltered and crashed Sunday shortly after takeoff from the country's capital, carving a gash in the earth and spreading global grief to 35 countries that had someone among the 157 people who were killed.

The plane was a Boeing 737-800 MAX, the airline said.

The airline said "search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties".

"Data from Flightradar24 ADS-B network show that vertical speed was unstable after take off", the Swedish-based flight tracking organisation said on its Twitter feed.

Safety experts cautioned against drawing too many comparisons between the two crashes until more is known.

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The plane was carrying passengers from more than 30 countries, the airline's CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam, told reporters.

James Macharia, the cabinet secretary for transport, said he heard about the crash via Twitter.

There was no immediate indication why the plane went down in clear weather while on a flight to Nairobi, the capital of neighboring Kenya. They included 32 Kenyans and nine Ethiopians.

"It is believed that there were 149 passengers and 8 crew onboard the flight but we are now confirming the details of the passenger manifest for the flight". The carrier had been using five of the planes and awaiting delivery of 25 more. ET-AVJ had over 1,000 hours with the airline since delivery. "A Boeing technical team is prepared to provide technical assistance at the request and under the direction of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board", the manufacturer added in a statement.

"We are saddened by the news of an Ethiopian Airlines passenger aircraft that is reported to have crashed 6 minutes after takeoff en route to Kenya".

Ethiopian Airlines has also tweeted a series of emergency hotline numbers.

The plane ploughed into a field some 60 kilometres east of Addis Ababa - just six minutes after taking off.

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