Ethiopian Airlines plane crashes with 157 onboard

An Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashed early on Sunday with 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard, the airline said.

Flight ET 302 crashed near the town of Bishoftu, the airline said, confirming the plane was a Boeing 737-800 MAX.

According to the sources, the crash happened at 08.44 local time, six minutes after the flight took off from the Ethiopian capital.

There were 33 different nationalities on board, the airlines said.

Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed expressed his “deepest condolences” 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 tweeted.

According to the reports, there were no survivors onboard the flight.

In an earlier statement, the airline said that search and rescue operations were underway near the crash site.