Breaking News: Ethiopian airliner crashes on way to Kenya

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Latest news from our reporter in Uganda says Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet, the Boeing 737 which departed from Addis Ababa en route Nairobi has crashed six minutes after take off. The plane had 157 passengers (
149 passengers and 8 crew ) on board, according to our reporter. It is feared that there are casualties.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has sent his deepest condolences to the affected families via his official Twitter:

“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 that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.”

Following the crash, some Ethiopian airlines operated flights out of Addis Ababa have been temporarily canceled.

According to the latest statement from the airlines:

“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 aircraft took off at 8.38am from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 8.44am.”

Ethiopian Airline is the largest and most successful airline in Africa, with one of the best and most experienced pilots on the continent.

Further details will follow as more information becomes available. Please remain tuned.