Ethiopian Airlines flight going to Kenya crashes in Addis Ababa

An Ethiopian Airlines aeroplane going to Kenya from Addis Ababa has crashed shortly after take-off killing all on board, the airline says.

The flight had 149 passengers and eight crew members on flight ET302 from the Ethiopian capital to Nairobi in Kenya.

The airline added that there were 33 different nationalities on board.

The flight took off at 08.38 local time and lost contact six minutes after at 08.44 local time.

It is not yet clear what caused the accident.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed expressed his “deepest condolences” on Twitter.

The Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has expressed his condolences to the affected people on Twitter. He said, “We are saddened by the news of an Ethiopian Airlines passenger aircraft that is reported to have crashed 6 minutes after takeoff en route to Kenya. My prayers go to all the families and associates of those on board.”.

Boeing, the makers of the aeroplane, said in a tweet that it was “closely monitoring the situation”.