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Ethiopian Airlines crash kills 157

People around the world are mourning the loss of their loved ones after an Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet on Sunday crashed en route to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash of the recently-acquired Boeing 737 MAX 8 model, which was involved in another aviation disaster in Indonesia last year.

Shortly after take-off at 05:38 GMT, the pilot reported an unspecified issue and was given permission to return to the Ethiopian capital's Bole airport. Minutes later, communication was lost and the plane plunged to the ground near the city of Bishoftu.

The victims - 149 passengers and eight crew members - included at least 35 nationalities. United Nations staff were among those killed.

As the news of the crash united the world in grief, an outpouring of shock and sadness spread on social media.

In a post on Twitter, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's office expressed its "deepest condolences" to the families of the victims, while authorities declared Monday a day of national mourning. Nine Ethiopians were killed in the crash.

Social media users sent their prayers to the families and victims of the "tragic accident", while others expressed agony as they waited to find out whether their relatives were on board the flight or not.


 

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