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Seven Britons among 157 killed in Ethiopian Airlines crash

Seven Britons among 157 killed in Ethiopian Airlines crash

Whorms said, "All prudent and necessary actions required for the safe operation of our Max 8's will be accomplished before the aircraft are returned to service".

The Boeing 737 Max-8 plane was flying from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya, when it encountered an issue six minutes after take off.

Ethiopian Airlines, however, said it would continue to fly its fleet of 737 MAX 8 aircraft since the cause of the crash has not yet been determined.

Weather at the time was fine with a visibility of more than 10kms, with a few clouds at 2500ft, according to the Aviation Safety Network.

Police and troops were on the scene, as well as a crash investigation team from Ethiopia's civil aviation agency.

TRT World spoke to journalist Coletta Wanjohi for the latest.

Broadcaster EBC says the passengers included 33 nationalities.

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

Eight Chinese passengers were on board, said Li Liang, spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy to Ethiopia.

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Grieving family members gathered at Bole Airport.

The Prime Minister released a statement on his official Twitter account and expressed his condolences to families of those lost in an Ethiopian airline's flight.

Ethiopian's group chief executive at the crash site.

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.

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 is the same type of plane as the Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed soon after takeoff from Jakarta in 2018 - killing 189 people.

Boeing is already facing a string of lawsuits in the United States over the Lion Air crash, including five cases in US federal court in IL where Boeing has its Chicago headquarters.

The Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday - killing everyone on board - had been piloted only hours before from Johannesburg to Addis Ababa, the airline disclosed.

The cockpit data recorder showed that the jet's airspeed indicator had malfunctioned on its last four flights, though Lion Air initially claimed that problems with the aircraft had been fixed.

The cause of the crash remains unknown, and Ethiopian Airlines "said that there was nothing they had seen that would tell them that something was wrong with this plane", NPR's Eyder Peralta reports on All Things Considered.


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