All 157 people aboard an Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed soon after take-off from an airport near Addis Ababa have died, Ethiopia’s state broadcaster confirmed on Sunday.
The plane, which was carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members, left Harar Meda Airport, outside Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital at 8:38 a.m. and crashed just six minutes after take-off in Bishoftu, reports said.
“At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties,” the airline said in a statement on Twitter.
The plane was a newly deployed Boeing 737, having been delivered to the airline in November, according to information on the Planespotters civil aviation database.
According to the Swedish flight-tracking website flightradar24, the ascending flight “had unstable vertical speed,”
“Data from Flightradar24 ADS-B network show that vertical speed was unstable after take off,” the Swedish-based flight tracking organization said on its Twitter feed.