The Boeing 737 plane was on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya when it crashed, prime minister’s office says.
An Ethiopian Airlines flight between Addis Ababa and Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, has crashed, the Ethiopian prime minister’s office said on Sunday.
“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,” the office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Twitter.
A statement by the airline said 149 passengers and eight crew members were on board the plane when it crashed.
The plane took off from Addis Ababa at 8:38am local time (05:38 GMT), and crashed six minutes later, a spokesperson of the airline said.
“At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible causalities,” the statement added.
The cause and location of the crash remained unknown on Sunday morning.