Ethiopian Airlines flight carrying 149 passengers crashes

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The plane was carrying 157 people including 149 passengers and eight crew members when it crashed just six minutes into it's flight.

A woman reacts as she waits for the updated flight information of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302, where her fiance was onboard at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya March 10, 2019.

At 6:22 p.m. Jakarta time, United States 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.

The crash occurred around Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, some 30 miles south of the capital, shortly after taking off at 8:38 a.m. local time, said the airline's statement.

In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs conveyed its condolences to Ethiopia.

It is understood there were 149 passengers and eight crew on board the flight.

"We can not also attribute the cause to anything because we will have to comply with the global regulation to wait for the investigation".

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It would also set up a passenger information center and a dedicated telephone number for family and friends of people who may have been on the flight.

It is not yet clear what caused the accident.

Secretary General Hussein Swaleh is dead after it was confirmed that he was on the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday morning on its way from Addis Ababa to Nairobi.

An Ethiopian Boeing 737 flight leaves the hanger in Nairobi on January 26, 2010.

Condoling the deaths, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "Anguished by the loss of lives due to the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane".

The airline's CEO said that the pilot of the crashed plane had reported "difficulties" shortly after takeoff and requested permission to turn back.

According to the airline in a press release, there are no news of survivors yet.

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