- Jun 20, 2012
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 crashed around Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, some 50km south of the capital, shortly after taking off at 08:38 local time.
The airline statement said "search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties".
Earlier, the Ethiopian prime minister's office said an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on its way to Nairobi, with deaths reported.
The office issued a statement on Sunday morning saying the Boeing 737 was on a regularly scheduled flight when it crashed. The statement gave no details.
A spokesperson for the airline confirmed the plane crashed while heading from Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. It was not yet clear at the time where the crash occurred.