An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Max-8 carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members has crashed shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. All on board are believed to have died according to the airline.
Media sources in the country report that there were as many as 33 different nationalities on board the aircraft.
Scheduled to arrive in Nairobi in Kenya, Flight ET 302 crashed roughly six minutes into its flight at 08:44 local time.
While it is not yet clear to the cause behind the accident, Ethiopian Airlines has reported that a search and rescue operation is currently underway at the crash site that is located close to the town of Bishoftu.
"At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties," an inital statement from the airline read.
"Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services.”
Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO later confirmed that there were no survivors upon arriving at the crash site.
According to local media sources, the Boeing 787 Max-8 involved in the incident was a recent addition to the carrier’s fleet.
Additionally, the aircraft type, which was launched back in 2016, was the same model involved in the Lion Air crash in October 2018 and perished in similar circumstances.
Contact was lost with Lion Air Flight JT 160 roughly 13 minutes into the flight. Divers located the plane and its flight data recorder in the Java Sea. All 189 passengers and crew on board were killed in the incident.
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