An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737, performing a flight ET-302 from Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) to Nairobi (Kenya) with 149 passengers and 8 crew, was climbing out of Nairobi when the aircraft levelled off at about 9,000 feet and the radar contact was lost.
The airline confirmed the fact of the crash, however, the information about fatalities is not available yet. The airline reported rescue and recovery forces are on their way to the crash site near Bishoftu (Ethiopia) about 17nm southsoutheast of Addis Ababa.
"In the media release the airline reported: “At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible causalities”."
Ethiopia’s Government expressed its deep condolences to the families who lost their loved ones, on Twitter.
According to Flightradar24, the aircraft performing the fatal crash was a Boeing 737 MAX 8. The first flight of this plane was in October 2018.