Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed that its flight ET 302/10 March in schedule service from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today around Bishofu (Debre Zeit).

In a statement, Ethiopian Airlines said the aircraft B-737-800MAX with registration number ET-AVJ took off at 08:38 am local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08:44am.

Search and rescue operations are in progress and there is no information about survivors or any possible casualties.

“Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services,” read part of the statement.

It is believed that 149 passengers and 8 crew onboard the flight.