Live: Ethiopian Airlines says flight has crashed with 149 passengers and eight crew members

The Ethiopian prime minister’s office issued a statement on Sunday morning saying the Boeing 737 was on a regularly scheduled flight when it crashed. The statement has no further details.

An Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashed early on Sunday with 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard, a spokesman for the airline informs.

“It is confirmed it happened 8:44 (a.m.),” says the spokesman who did not give his name. 

 

A spokesman for the airline confirms the plane crashed while heading from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. It is not yet clear where the crash occurred. The airline has not issued a statement.

The state-owned Ethiopian Airlines calls itself Africa’s largest carrier and has ambitions of becoming the gateway to the continent.

 

The Ethiopian prime minister’s office issued a statement on Sunday morning saying the Boeing 737 was on a regularly scheduled flight when it crashed. The statement has no further details.

 

 

(With inputs from Reuters, AP)

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