All 157 people aboard an Ethiopian Airlines plane have been killed after it crashed minutes after take-off, according to the state-run broadcaster.
The Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation said there were no survivors from Flight ET 302, carrying 149 passengers from 33 countries and eight crew members.
Relatives wait for information at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya
The Boeing 737-8 MAX was on a regular scheduled flight to Nairobi in Kenya, when it came down shortly after taking off from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
Ethiopian Airlines says it believes 149 passengers and eight crew members were on board a plane that crashed six minutes after taking off from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, on a flight to Nairobi.
The plane had been heading to Nairobi in Kenya when it came down minutes after take-off
The airline said the plane had crashed near the town of Bishoftu, some 31 miles (50km) southeast of the Addis Ababa.
The jet left the airport at 8.38am local time before losing contact with the control tower at 8:44am.
The plane “had an unstable vertical speed” after take-off, according to the flight tracking website Flightradar24.
The aircraft is just a few months old, having taken its first flight at the end of October.
It is the same type as the Lion Air plane which crashed into the see off Indonesia last year killing all 189 on board.
In the wake of that disaster Boeing issued a warning to airlines using its 737 MAX planes after a sensor failure was identified as a potential cause of the crash.
Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement: “At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible causalities.
“Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services.”
The airline has posted in a tweet emergency numbers to call.
The Ethiopian prime minister’s office has offered condolences to families.
Ethiopian Airlines changes its cover photo to black following the crash
Ethiopian Airlines has changed its cover photo to black following the disaster
The state-owned Ethiopian Airlines is one of the biggest carriers in Africa by fleet size.
It has said previously it expected to carry 10.6 million passengers last year.
The airline’s last major crash was in January 2010, when a flight from Beirut went down shortly after take-off.
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