An Ethiopian Airlines flight bound for Nairobi crashed this morning just six minutes after takeoff, killing everyone onboard.
The flight came down – just after departing Addis Ababa – carrying 149 passengers from 33 countries and eight crew members.
Ethiopian Airlines issued a statement this morning confirming the crash – saying the flight took off at 8.38am before contact was lost at 8.44am.
It added: “At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties.
“Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services,
“It is believed there were 149 passengers and 8 crew onboard the flight but we are currently confirming the details of the passenger manifest for the flight.”
This is the second major crash involving a Boeing 737 Max jet in less than five months – with a Lion Air crash in the sea off Jakarta leaving no survivors in October.
A Boeing statement said: “Boeing is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a 737 MAX 8 airplane.
“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board and stand ready to support the Ethiopian Airlines team.
“A Boeing technical team is prepared to provide technical assistance at the request and under the direction of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.”