Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashes with 157 aboard

Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashes with 157 aboard
By Max Burman and Associated Press and Reuters with NBC News World News
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The Boeing 737 is believed to have crashed early on Sunday with 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard, a spokesman for the airline said.

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopian Airlines says it believes 149 passengers and eight crew members were on board a plane that crashed six minutes after taking off from Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, on a flight to Nairobi.

A statement from the airline on Sunday morning said the Boeing 737 was on a regularly scheduled flight when it crashed just south of the country's capital shortly after taking off.

The airline statement said "search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties."

The Ethiopian prime minister's office in a separate, earlier statement offered condolences to families.

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