Serhat TUNAR -TDO- An Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Addis Ababa airport Sunday, killing 8 crew members and 149 passengers aboard.

According to the statement of the Ethiopian Airlines, the 149 passengers were of 35 different nationalities, with one person traveling on a United Nations passport. Eight crew members also died.

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet crashed near the town of Bishoftu, about 30 miles southeast of the Ethiopian capital city.

Shortly after the plane took off at 8:30 a.m. local time, the senior pilot, who had been working for the airline since 2010, sent a distress call and was given clearance to return, Ethiopian Airlines chief executive TewoldeGebreMariam declared to the media members.

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