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Ethiopian Airlines emitted smoke before hitting ground: Eyewitness describes plane crash

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

Reported by: AP , New Delhi [ Published on: March 12, 2019 6:58 IST ]
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Eye witness describes Ethiopian airlines crash

As the investigators continued their search of the crash site on Monday where the Ethiopian Airlines plane came down shortly after takeoff, the jetliner's two flight recorders were found at the site outside the capital of Addis Ababa.

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

An eyewitness describes the moment he saw the Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliner coming down from the sky. "Before falling down, the plane rotated two times in the air, and it had some smoke coming from the back then, it hit the ground and exploded."

Ethiopian authorities are leading the investigation into the crash, assisted by the U.S., Kenya and others.

Ethiopian Airlines decided to ground its remaining four 737 Max 8s until further notice as "an extra safety precaution," 

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