An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 heading to Nairobi has crashed near Addis Ababa 6 minutes after takeoff.

The plane lost contact soon after taking off at 08:38 am local time from Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital, the airline said in a press statement. It went down around around Bishoftu, south east of Addis Ababa. The airline believes there were 149 passengers and 8 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 airline wrote.
“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,” Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali tweeted.
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Ethiopian Airlines flight , a Boeing 737 MAX 8 acquired just 4 months ago, dropped from radar 6 minutes after departure from Addis Ababa with 149 passengers and 8 crew members onboard.
Accident Bulletin no. 1 Issued on march 10, 2019 at 11:00am Ethiopian Airlines will release further information as soon as it is available. Updated information will also be on Ethiopian Airlines website at
Just spoken to someone at Ethiopian Airlines. Confirms plane crash on flight from Addis- Nairobi. Est 150 passengers + 8 crew members on board. That’s the information they could give me.
Ethiopian Airlines flight dropped from radar 6 minutes after departure from Addis Ababa The jet is a brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 – delivered to the airline just four months ago.
 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.