An Ethiopian Airlines plane has crashed with 149 passengers and 8 crew onboard, minutes after take-off.
The plane heading to Nairobi is left Ethiopia earlier this morning but according to reports came down within six minutes.
A spokesman for the airline confirmed the plane had crashed while heading from Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. It was due to land at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at around 10.25am.
The airline's statement said: 'At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no information about survivors or any possible casualties.'
The state-owned Ethiopian Airlines calls itself Africa's largest carrier and has ambitions of becoming the gateway to the continent.
The plane, a 737 MAX 8, is believed to be a new addition to the EA fleet having been delivered just months ago.
The Ethiopian prime minister's official Twitter account on Sunday sent condolences to families of those onboard without giving details over whether there are any survivors.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's Twitter said: 'The office of the PM, on behalf of government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express it's deepest condolences to the families that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.'
Flights out of Addis Ababa were delayed or cancelled on Sunday morning, it has been reported.'
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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