An Ethiopian Airlines carrying 157 occupants headed towards Nairobi crashed within six minutes of the takeoff on Sunday, March 10, 2019.
According to the airline's report, the vessel Boeing 737-800 MAX carrying 149 passengers and other 8 crew members crashed after six minutes of its take-off from Addis Abba.
Flight ET 302 took off at 8.38 local time and was on its way to Kenya's capital.
CAPTION: Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 737-800 Max, Flight ET 302 crashed
Officials reported that the crash took place around the Bishoftu or Debre Zeit area, about 50 miles away from the capital.
Ethiopian Airlines have released a statement saying
search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties
They haven't made any comments in regard to the reason behind the fatal crash.
The office of the Prime Minister has expressed their deepest condolences to the family of the deceased 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
Ethiopian Airline is Africa's biggest state-owned carrier service provider and the crash occurred shortly after Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed had promised to reform the state's economy by opening up the airline and other sectors for foreign investments.