An Ethiopian Airlines jet has crashed shortly just after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all on board, the airline says.
It stated 149 passengers and eight crew members had been believed to be on flight ET302 from the Ethiopian capital to Nairobi in Kenya.
The airline added that there had been 33 unique nationalities on board.
The crash occurred at 08.44 regional time, six minutes just after the months-old Boeing 737 Max-eight took off.
It is not however clear what triggered the accident.
Initial word of the crash came when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed expressed his “deepest condolences” on Twitter to all households impacted by this tragic accident:
The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and persons of Ethiopia, would like to express it is deepest condolences to the households of these that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on standard scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.
An eyewitness at the scene has told the BBC there was an intense fire as the aircraft hit the ground.
“The blast and the fire had been so robust that we couldn’t get close to it,” he stated. “Everything is burnt down. There are 4 helicopters at the scene now.”
In an earlier statement, the airline stated that search and rescue operations had been beneath way close to the crash web-site about the town of Bishoftu, which is 60km (37 miles) south-east of the capital.
“Ethiopian Airlines employees will be sent to the accident scene and will do every thing probable to help the emergency solutions,” the statement added.
May possibly we all try to remember in prayer, the households impacted by this.