An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed on way from Addis Ababa to the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the airline said in a statement.
“We hereby confirm that our scheduled flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in accident today,” the airline said in a statement on Sunday.
The plane lost contact soon after taking off at 08:38 am local time from Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
The airline believes there were 149 passengers and eight crew members on board.
“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 statement added.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office tweeted “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.”
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 Airlines has built a great reputation as one of the largest airlines in the continent, and no major safety issues reported.