Ethiopian Airlines brand new plane crashes killing all 157 people on board (Photos)

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Ethiopian Airlines jetliner carrying passengers from at least 35 countries crashed Sunday shortly after leaving Ethiopia’s capital, killing all 157 people on board and renewing concerns about the new model of Boeing 737 aircraft involved in the accident, the popular Boeing 737 Max 8. The plane was only bought brand new four months ago.

The wreckage of the plane - showing the colours of the Ethiopian flag on the plane's livery - lies at the scene of the crash

After taking off from Addis Ababa in good weather and with clear visibility, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, bound for Nairobi, Kenya, struggled to ascend at a stable speed, according to flight data published by FlightRadar24. The pilot sent out a distress call and was cleared to return to the airport, Bole International, the airline’s chief executive told reporters

Rescue team collect bodies in bags at the crash site of Ethiopia Airlines near Bishoftu, a town some 60 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa

But the plane — the same Boeing model that went down in Indonesia in October, killing all 189 people on board — lost contact with air traffic controllers six minutes after takeoff. It then plummeted to the ground near Bishoftu, a town southeast of the capital.

Family members of the victims involved in a plane crash react at Addis Ababa international airport Sunday, hours after their loves ones took off

“At this stage, we cannot rule out anything,” the airline’s chief executive, Tewolde GebreMariam, told reporters.

Ethiopia Airlines group CEO, Mr Tewolde Gebremariam, who is pictured at the accident scene. Firefighters spent hours trying to get to the scene

Boeing has said it will send a forensic team out to the crash site however it has been a site of activity all day with dozens of locals crossing on foot and big machinery being driven over

After the news all onboard had died families cried and talked on the phone at the airport. Families have said they are being told nothing about what has happened
Debris from the plane is strewn around the area while locals comb the area for any signs of survival from the crash
A relative reacts as he leaves the information centre following the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi
Tearful relatives left the information centre as they tried to find their loved ones
Families and strangers embrace in Ethiopia and Kenya
Family members arrive at Bole International airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after hearing news of the crash
The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 went down within six minutes of take-off this morning (pictured: stock image)
Rescue team walk past collected bodies in bags at the crash site of Ethiopia Airlines near Bishoftu, a town some 60 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa

From the Black box

Notice how people reacted before the crash in the video below



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