Photos: Ethiopian Airlines crashed just minutes after take off amid anger rescue services took two hours to reach the site & List of nationalities on board

An Ethiopian Airlines plane has crashed killing 149 passengers and 8 crew onboard, just minutes after take-off.

The plane heading to Nairobi left Ethiopia this morning but came down within six minutes - 37 miles from Addis Ababa International Airport.

Seven British nationals were onboard the plane at the time, while there were eighteen Canadians, eight Americans and 32 Kenyan nationals.

The crash is believed to have happened near Bishoftu, Ethiopia, 60 kilometers south of the capital. A witness told the BBC it took rescuers until 11am to arrive.
Rescue team collect bodies in bags at the crash site of Ethiopia Airlines near Bishoftu, a town some 60 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa
Bekele Gutema said: 'The blast and the fire were so strong that we couldn't get near it. Everything is burnt down.'

Speaking at a press conference CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde Gebremariam said the captain of the crashed plane had told controllers at Bole airport that he was having difficulty and wanted to return.

He said he had been given clearance.
Debris from the plane is strewn around the area while locals comb the area for any signs of survival from the crash
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
The plane, a 737 MAX 8, is believed to be a new addition to the EA fleet having been delivered in July last year - and is the same model as the Lion Air plane which crashed in Indonesia in October.

Boeing issued a safety warning last November about its new 737 Max jets which could have a fault that causes them to nose-dive. The MAX-8 planes were launched in 2016 and are used by major airlines all around the world.
Family members of the victims involved in a plane crash react at Addis Ababa international airport Sunday, hours after their loves ones took off
While it remains unclear what happened onboard, there was a an urgent investigation called in Indonesia in November 2018 - calling for all MAX jets to be inspected after the crash.

Boeing said it is 'monitoring' developments in Ethiopia.

Relatives in Nairobi have said they have not been told anything - and that they only heard about the crash on Facebook - despite being at the airport waiting for loved ones.
The scene of the crash on rural land in Ethiopia. All people onboard the plane died on Sunday, the airline later confirmed
Wendy Otieno told Reuters: 'We're just waiting for my mum. We're just hoping she took a different flight or was delayed. She's not picking up her phone.' 
One woman was seen in tears this morning as she waited for news of her fiancĂ©. 

According to Swedish flight-tracking website flightradar24 the flight 'had unstable vertical speed' shortly after take off.

List of nationalities on board the Ethiopia Airlines flight
32 passengers were Kenyan

18 Canada

9 Ethiopian

8 Chinese

8 Italian

8 US

7 British

7 France

6 Egypt

5 Netherlands

4 UN passport

4 Indian

3 Russian

2 Moroccan

2 Israeli

1 Belgian

1 Ugandan

1 Yemeni

1 Sudanese

1 Togo

1 Mozambican

1 Norwegian






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