Ethiopian Airlines flight crashes with 149 passengers, eight crew members

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At 6:22 p.m. Jakarta time, United States company Boeing confirmed that the aircraft was a Boeing 737-MAX 8, the same aircraft that was used for Lion Air flight JT610, which crashed in Indonesia in late October.

The airline had earlier incorrectly identified the plane's model number, but later confirmed it was a 737 MAX 8. Here is the latest list of nationalities as released by the airline.

The aircraft's manufacturer, Boeing, stated: "Boeing is aware of reports of an airplane accident and is closely monitoring the situation".

Ethiopian is one of the biggest carriers on the continent by fleet size.

The group chief executive, Tewolde Gebremariam, visited the crash site and later confirmed that no one survived.

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The Lion Air cockpit data recorder showed that the jet's airspeed indicator had malfunctioned on its last four flights, though the airline initially said problems had been fixed.

The plane was on a regularly scheduled flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi when it took a nose dive near Bishoftu, a town about 37 miles southeast of Addis Ababa.

People from 35 countries died in the crash six minutes after takeoff from Ethiopia's capital for Nairobi.

The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet to Nairobi "had unstable vertical speed", Swedish flight-tracking website flightradar24 said.

African air travel, long troubled and chaotic, has improved in recent years, with the International Air Transport Association in November noting "two years free of any fatalities on any aircraft type".

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It's not clear what caused the crash. Kenya lost 32 citizens. ET-AVJ had over 1,000 hours with the airline since delivery. It added that a "Boeing technical team is prepared to provide technical assistance at the request and under the direction of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board".

Ethiopian Airlines has also tweeted a series of emergency hotline numbers.

An Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane from Addis Ababa headed to Nairobi, Kenya has crashed.

But Geoffrey Thomas, the editor in chief of Airline Ratings, told CNN the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday had "significant differences" to the Lion Air crash past year. The flight has crashed 60km south-east of the airport.

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