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Summary

  1. An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 passenger crashed soon after take-off
  2. None of the 149 passengers and eight crew members believed to be on board survived, the airline says
  3. There were people from more than 30 nationalities on board
  4. It was the second Boeing 737 Max-8 to crash in five months

Live Reporting

By Dickens Olewe, Matthew Cannon, Helier Cheung and Toby Luckhurst

All times stated are UK

  1. UK ambassador 'in close contact' with authorities

    The UK ambassador to Ethiopia, Alistair McPhail, tweets a video saying he and his team are "working hard" to establish what happened in the crash and are in close contact with authorities.

    He says those concerned about loved ones should follow the embassy's social media pages.

    Mr McPhail also sent his condolences to the friends and families of those involved.

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  2. Somalia issues crash statement

    Somalia's foreign affairs ministry tweets a statement on the crash, saying the country "stands steadfastly with the people of Ethiopia at this difficult time".

    One Somali national died in the crash, with local media reporting it was Shahaad Abdishakur, the protocol officer for the Somalian prime minister.

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  3. US embassies 'will contact families directly'

    US embassies in Addis Ababa and Nairobi are working with the airline and Ethiopia's government, the state department tweets.

    "We will contact directly family members of US citizens impacted," the tweet reads

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  4. What do we know about the plane?

    It's the second fatal crash of the Boeing 737 Max-8 in just five months.

    These planes have only been in commercial use since 2017, and this Ethiopian Airlines aircraft was less than three months old.

    Here's what we know about the new planes.

  5. Israel 'saddened by the terrible news'

    Israel's foreign ministry tweets its "deepest condolences to all victims' families and friends in all countries".

    Two Israeli citizens were on flight ET302.

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  6. Emmanuel Macron shares his 'sincere condolences'

    French President Emmanuel Macron tweets his "sincere condolences" to the families and friends of those on board flight ET302.

    "France stands alongside the Kenyan and Ethiopian peoples and shows their full solidarity."

    There were seven French citizens on the plane.

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  7. 'Kenya to give counsel to victims's families'

    Kenyan authorities have been transporting families of the victims to an emergency centre where they are being given counsel.

    The BBC's Africa Business Editor has been tweeting from the Jomo Kenyatta International airport in the capital, Nairobi.

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  8. 'A day of sorrow'

    Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has tweeted about the crash, calling it a "day of sorrow".

    There were eight Italians on the flight.

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  9. Canadians should 'tell loved ones you're safe'

    The Canadian government tweets that its citizens in Ethiopia and Kenya should "tell your loved ones that you're safe" in the wake of the crash.

    There were 18 Canadian citizens on the crashed flight.

    A second tweet gives numbers to call for emergency consular help in Ethiopia.

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  10. 'Delegates for UN conference among victims'

    An Al Jazeera journalist is tweeting that delegates heading to a UN environmental meeting set to kickoff in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, on Monday, are among those who died in the crash.

    She reports that French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to attend the event.

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  11. More details from Ethiopian Airlines

    Ethiopian Airlines has given more details about the flight in a press release.

    Senior captain Yared Getachew, who had more than 8,000 flight hours, was in command of the plane.

    His first officer, Ahmed Nur Mohammod Nur, had 200 hours of flight time.

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  12. Russian victims named

    Russia's embassy in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, has posted the names of the victims on Twitter.

    They are Ekaterina Polyakova, Alexander Polyakov and Sergei Vyalikov.

    The embassy says it is in contact with and ready to help their families.

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  13. Tamarind Group CEO killed

    Jonathan Seex, chief executive officer of the catering and hospitality company Tamarind Group, was killed in the crash.

    The company, which runs a number of restaurants and venues throughout Africa, posted the news on Facebook.

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  14. Slovakian MP loses wife and two children

    Slovakian MP Anton Hrnko, the vice-chairman of the Slovak National Party, has posted on Facebook to say his wife and two children were among the four Slovakians killed in the crash

  15. Families informed at Nairobi airport

    Relatives waiting at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport have been officially told about the victims of the crash, reports say.

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  16. 'Sombre mood' at UN Environment Assembly

    A meeting of the UN Environment Assembly is scheduled to start in Nairobi on Monday.

    Rose Mwebaza of the African Development Bank said there was a "sombre mood" ahead of the summit, as delegates mourn colleagues who died en route.

  17. Somalia protocol officer reportedly killed

    Shahaad Abdishakur, the protocol officer for the Somalian prime minister, was among those killed in the crash, Radio Dalsan, a privately-owned Somali radio station, reports.

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  18. 'An utterly heartbreaking day'

    Billene Seyoum Woldeyes, press secretary to Ethiopia's prime minister, has tweeted her condolences on what she calls an "utterly heartbreaking day"

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  19. Spanish embassy in contact with victims's families

    Spain's Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweets its "heartfelt condolences" for Ethiopia's people and authorities, and says the embassy is in touch with the families of the Spanish citizens who were on board

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