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Ethiopia's airline crash: Boeing 737 crashes near Addis Ababa

The aircraft, a Boeing 737-800MAX with flight number ET 302, lost contact at 08.44 local time shortly after the launch at 08:38 local time, from Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital, the airline said in a statement.The aircraft went down around Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa. The airline believes that there were 149 passengers and eight crew members on board."At this time, rescue operations are ongoing and we have no confirmed information on survivors or any causal relationship.""Ethiopia's airline staff will be sent to the scene of the accident and will do everything to help the emergency services," added the airline. The airline added that a passenger information center and hotline "will be available shortly for family or friends of those who may have been on a flight." The Ethiopian government expressed its deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones on the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular aircraft to Nairobi, Kenya this morning, "said Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Twitter. Ethiopia Airlines has been renowned to be one of the best airlines in Africa, it has a good safety record and the newest fleet of aircraft on the African continent, according to its website. Boeing 737-800MAX is the same type of aircraft as the Indonesian Lion Air jet crashing shortly after starting from Jakarta &#821 1; killing 189 people. The latest major accident with a passenger aircraft Ethiopia Airlines was in January 2010, when a flight from Beirut went down and killed…

The aircraft, a Boeing 737-800MAX with flight number ET 302, lost contact at 08.44 local time shortly after the launch at 08:38 local time, from Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital, the airline said in a statement.

The aircraft went down around Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa. The airline believes that there were 149 passengers and eight crew members on board.

“At this time, rescue operations are ongoing and we have no confirmed information on survivors or any causal relationship.”

“Ethiopia’s airline staff will be sent to the scene of the accident and will do everything to help the emergency services,” added the airline.

The airline added that a passenger information center and hotline “will be available shortly for family or friends of those who may have been on a flight.”

The Ethiopian government expressed its deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones on the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular aircraft to Nairobi, Kenya this morning, “said Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Twitter.

Ethiopia Airlines has been renowned to be one of the best airlines in Africa, it has a good safety record and the newest fleet of aircraft on the African continent, according to its website.

Boeing 737-800MAX is the same type of aircraft as the Indonesian Lion Air jet crashing shortly after starting from Jakarta &#821

1; killing 189 people.

The latest major accident with a passenger aircraft Ethiopia Airlines was in January 2010, when a flight from Beirut went down and killed 83 passengers and seven crews.

CNN’s Max Ramsay contributed to this report.

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