Pilot reported 'difficulties', asked to return: Ethiopian Airlines

Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) Managing Director and CEO Jonny Andersen and Kenya's Transport Minister James Macharia (L) give a press conference on Ethiopia airline's crash in Ethiopia, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 10, 2019.

Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) Managing Director and CEO Jonny Andersen and Kenya's Transport Minister James Macharia (L) give a press conference on Ethiopia airline's crash in Ethiopia, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 10, 2019. 

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethopia - The pilot of a Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 that crashed six minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa on Sunday, had alerted controllers "he had difficulties" and wanted to turn back the plane, the head of Ethiopian Airlines said.

READ: Crashed Ethiopian Airlines jet carried passengers from 33 countries

The pilot "was given clearance" to return to Addis, Chief Executive Officer, Tewolde GebreMariam told journalists in the Ethiopian capital when asked whether there had been a distress call.

It is reported that all 157 people on board have died.

The plane is reported to have carried passenger from at least 33 countries.

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AFP