Ethiopian Airlines Flight Crashes Shortly After Takeoff, Killing 157 People Including 8 Americans

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(FOX NEWS) – An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed minutes after takeoff from Ethiopia’s capital on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board including some Americans, the airline and government officials said.

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 left Bole airport in Addis Ababa bound for Nairobi, Kenya, at 8:38 a.m. before losing contact with the control tower minutes later at 8:44 a.m. The crash occurred around Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, some 31 miles south of Addis Ababa.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash of the Boeing 737-8 MAX plane, which was new and had been delivered to the airline in November, according to records obtained by the Associated Press.

The plane showed unstable vertical speed after takeoff, air traffic monitor Flightradar 24 said in a Twitter post.

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