An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed six minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa, killing 157 aboard, the airline said on Sunday.
Flight ET 302, went down near Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, after departing Bole International Airport in Ethiopian capital, the airline posted on Twitter.
The plane, with a crew of eight and 149 passengers, was headed to Nairobi, Kenya, when it crashed at 8:44 a.m. local time. Passengers from more than 30 countries were on the flight, including eight Americans, Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said at a news conference. He earlier visited the crash site.
The Ethiopian government also confirmed the crash, posting on twitter, “the office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and the people of Ethiopia, would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones”.
Earlier, a spokesperson for the airline has confirmed to Reuters that 149 passengers and eight crew members were on board the plane at the time of the crash.
"Boeing 737-800MAX took off at 8.38 am local time from Addis Ababa and lost contact at 8.44 am. Search and rescue operation is in progress. It is believed that there were 149 passengers and 8 crew onboard the flight but we are currently confirming the details," a spokesperson said.