The cause of the incident is still in question.
On board the aircraft were 149 passengers and eight crew members. At the moment, their fate is unknown. The plane was heading from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.
“It happened at 8:44 am,” the airline representative said in a conversation with Reuters. The exact crash site is not yet known, but the plane lost contact with the dispatcher six minutes after takeoff, Mirror noted .
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed Ali expressed his condolences in connection with the incident.
The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express it’s 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.
— Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia (@PMEthiopia) 10 March 2019
“The Cabinet of the Prime Minister, on behalf of the government and the people of Ethiopia, would like to express my deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones in the incident on Ethiopian Airlines flight this morning”