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Ethiopian airline crashes killing 4 Indians along with a Environment Consultant

A total of 157 passengers and eight crew members were killed, the airline said. It is the same model that crashed during a Lion Air flight in Indonesia in October.

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 11 March 2019 7:58 AM GMT

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Nairobi: Four Indians on-board the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet along with a consultant with the Ministry of Environment were killed, after the plane crashed early on Sunday morning after taking-off from Addis Ababa.

A total of 157 passengers and eight crew members were killed, the airline said. It is the same model that crashed during a Lion Air flight in Indonesia in October.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted the names of the deceased Indian nationals on Twitter and sought help in finding the families. She also exclaimed that a consultant with the Ministry of Environment was also killed in the crash.

"My colleague Dr.Harshvardhan has confirmed that Ms.Shikha Garg is a Consultant with Ministry of Environment and Forests. She was travelling to attend UNEP meeting in Nairobi. I am trying to reach the families of other Indian nationals," tweeted Sushma Swaraj.

"The group CEO who is at the scene right now deeply regrets to confirm there are no survivors," the airline tweeted.

The awaiting relatives were informed by the journalist’s after hours at the Nairobi airport.

The flight crashed near the town of Bishoftu, 62 kilometres southeast of the capital Addis Ababa, the airline said. It experienced unstable vertical speed after take off, said a flight tracking website on its Twitter feed.

The aircraft had shattered into many pieces and was severely burnt, a reporter at the scene of the crash reported.

The cause of the crash is still not clear. The same model crashed into the Java Sea shortly after take-off from Jakarta on Oct 29, killing all 189 people on board the Lion Air flight.

Saima Siddiqui

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