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All 157 On Board Killed In Ethiopian Airlines Crash

All 157 On Board Killed In Ethiopian Airlines Crash

"Ethiopian is Africa's biggest airline and recently the airport in Addis Ababa overtook Dubai as the leading gateway to sub-Saharan Africa", NPR's Eyder Peralta reports. He said the plane "is now right inside the ground" and it was not possible to identify whether it was an emergency landing or a crash. Both Addis Ababa and Nairobi are major hubs for humanitarian workers, and many people were on their way to a large United Nations environmental conference set to begin Monday in Nairobi.

Investigators say that the pilots of the 737 Max-8 aircraft have been struggling with a new feature of the aircraft, which is an automated system created to keep the plane from stalling. The senior Ethiopian pilot, who joined the airline in 2010, sent out a distress call and was given clearance to return to the airport, the airline's CEO told reporters.

The plane took off at 8:38 a.m. from Bole International Airport and "lost contact" six minutes later near Bishoftu, a town some 60 kilometers southeast of Addis Ababa by road, the company said.

People from 35 countries died in the Sunday morning crash six minutes after the plane took off from Ethiopia's capital en route to Nairobi.

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There were 149 passengers and eight crew on board at the time.

The jet showed unstable vertical speed after takeoff, air traffic monitor Flightradar 24 said.

Boeing and joint venture partner Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) operate a plant in the eastern city of Zhoushan that completes the interiors of 737 MAX planes for Chinese airlines.

Police and troops were on the scene, as well as a crash investigation team from Ethiopia's civil aviation agency. Southwest Airlines flies 31 MAX 8 jets while American Airlines and Air Canada each have 24 in their fleet.