Ethiopian Airlines plane crash: ‘No survivors’ on flight carrying 157 people

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No one has survived a crash involving an Ethiopian Airlines plane with 157 people on board, according to the state broadcaster.

The Boeing 737-8 MAX, carrying 149 passengers from 33 countries and eight crew members, was on a regular scheduled flight when it came down, just six minutes after taking off from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The plane had been heading to Nairobi in Kenya when it came down minutes after take-off

The airline said Flight ET 302 had crashed near the town of Bishoftu, some 31 miles (50km) southeast of the Addis Ababa.

The jet left the airport at 8.38am local time before losing contact with the control tower at 8:44am.

The plane “had an unstable vertical speed” after take-off, according to the flight tracking website Flightradar24.

The aircraft is just a few months old, having taken its first flight at the end of October.

It is the same type as the Lion Air plane which crashed into the see off Indonesia last year killing all 189 on board.

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