NTSB team to help investigate Ethiopian Airlines crash

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will send a team to assist in the investigation into the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet that killed all 157 people on board.

CNN reported that four people from the NTSB will travel to assist in the aftermath of the crash, though it’s unclear when they will go or what their role will be.

The NTSB did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

All 149 passengers and eight crew members died when an Ethiopian Airlines jet headed from Addis Ababa to Nairobi crashed shortly after takeoff.

The crash happened just before 9 a.m. local time.

Ethiopian Airlines officials said that 32 Kenyans, nine Ethiopians and eight Americans were among those on the aircraft, The Associated Press reported.

Officials have not yet determined the cause of the Ethiopian Airlines crash, but the flight had unstable vertical speed following takeoff, according to Reuters, which cited flight tracking website Flightradar24.