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Ethiopian Airlines flight crashes with 149 on board

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Africa   A spokesman for the airline confirmed the plane crashed shortly before 9am

An Ethiopian Airlines flight has crashed on its way to Nairobi with deaths being reported, the Ethiopian prime minister's office said.

The office issued a statement on Sunday morning saying the Boeing 737 was on a regularly scheduled flight when it crashed.

A spokesman for the airline confirmed the plane crashed shortly before 9am with 149 passengers and eight crew members on board.

Flight tracking website FlightRadar24 said the flight had "unstable vertical speed" after take-off.

It is believed the plane crashed six minutes after taking off and 31 miles from Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.

The PM's office said on Twitter: "The office of the PM, on behalf of government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express it's deepest condolences to the families that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning."

Uhuru Kenyatta, President of The Republic of Kenya,wrote on Twitter: "We are saddened by the news of an Ethiopian Airlines passenger aircraft that is reported to have crashed 6 minutes after takeoff en route to Kenya. My prayers go to all the families and associates of those on board."

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