As we know now, Flight ET 302 crashed abruptly near the town of Bishoftu, 62 kilometers southeast of the capital Addis Ababa, the airline said, confirming the plane was a Boeing 737-800 MAX, registration number ET-AVJ.
The flight left Bole airport in Addis Ababa at 8.38 am local time, before losing contact with the control tower just a few minutes later at 8.44 am.
“Search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties,” the airline said in a statement.
The prime minister’s office sent condolences via Twitter to the families of those lost in the crash, without offering further details.
Its last major crash was in January 2010, when a flight from Beirut went down shortly after take-off.