An Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane bound for Kenya has crashed with 149 passengers and eight crew members on board.
An Ethiopian Airlines spokesman confirmed that the Boeing 737 plane had crashed on a routine flight from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa to Nairobi.
The plane took off at 8:38am (0638 GMT) from Bole International Airport and “lost contact” six minutes later.
The airline said “search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties.”
While it’s still unclear how many people have been killed in the crash, the Ethiopian government has already issues a statement conveying its condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives.
The circumstances leading to disaster are still under investigation.