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 Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express it’s deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.
— Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia (@PMEthiopia) March 10, 2019
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”.