An Ethiopian Air 737 MAX crashed about six minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi, with no survivors.
A Boeing 737 MAX flown by Ethiopian Air crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi, killing all 157 passengers and crew.
At a somber news conference, the airline’s CEO said it took delivery of the plane on November 15. “It is a brand-new airplane.”
Earlier on Twitter the airline showed a scene of debris and said it had confirmed “there are no survivors.”
According to the airline, Flight 302 took off at 8:38 local time from Bole International Airport. Contact with the plane was lost six minutes later.
Ethiopian Air said 149 passengers and eight crew members were on board.
At the news conference, the airline’s CEO said the plane arrived in Addis Ababa earlier that day on another flight. The pilot was described as a senior pilot who had flown 737s since 2017.
Boeing said on Twitter it is “deeply saddened” about the crash and is ready to provide technical assistance.
The crash will inevitably raise questions about any similarities to the Lion Air crash on Oct. 29, which also involved a new 737 MAX. That crash, which killed 189 passengers and crew, came about 12 minutes into the flight after pilots could not control the plane.