An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 plane crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board, according the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corp.

Flight ET 302, which was bound for Nairobi and carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members, lost contact just 6 minutes after taking off from Bole airport in Addis Ababa at 8:38 a.m. local time, the airline said in an earlier statement.

The passengers reportedly included 33 nationalities.


Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's office, via Twitter, expressed "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."

Reuters and the Associated Press both reported that the plane crashed near the town of Bishoftu, around 50-60 kilometers southeast of Addis Ababa.