According to the Ethiopian Airlines chief executive, Tewolde Gebremariam, the flight took off at 8:38 a.m. and lost contact six minutes later, crashing near the city of Bishoftu less than 40 miles to the southeast of Addis Ababa. All 157 people on board the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed soon after taking off from Addis Ababa have been killed.
“The pilot mentioned he had difficulty and he wanted to return and he was given clearance,” he said.
“It is a brand new airplance, it had no technical remarks and was flown by a senior pilot,” he added.
The airline said the plane was a Boeing 737 Max 8, the same model aircraft involved in the Indonesian Lion Air crash in October in which the plane plunged into the sea shortly after take off and killing 189.