A Boeing 737 plane belonging to Ethiopian Airlines en route Nairobi from Addis Ababa has crashed on Sunday morning, with all the 157 persons aboard the aircraft confirmed dead.
According to BBC, there were 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard the aircraft B-737-800MAX with registration number ET- AVJ that crashed.
Ethiopian Airlines had earlier announced that the incident occurred around Bishoftu in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia.
The airline said the crashed plane took off from the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa at 8:03 a.m. and lost signal at 8:44 a.m.
Speaking on the sad incident, the office of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, said via twitter: “The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its 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.”
Meanwhile, Ethiopia Airlines had earlier said: “Ethiopian Airlines is establishing a passenger information center and telephone number will be available shortly for family or friends of those who may have been on flight ET 302/March 10.
“Ethiopian Airlines will release further information as soon as it is available. Updated information will also be on Ethiopian Airlines website at www.ethiopianairlines.com.”