157 DEATH IN THE CRASH OF A BOEING 737

A Boeing 737 Ethiopian Airlines crashed with 157 people on board, no survivors. The aircraft, which was on the Addis Ababa-Nairobi route, "lost contact" shortly after take-off. An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 with 149 passengers and eight crew members crashed Sunday morning shortly after takeoff, the Ethiopian airline said.

"The group CEO who is currently at the accident site regrets to confirm that there is no survivor," the company said in a statement. The 157 people on board the aircraft come from 33 countries. A passenger information center and a telephone number have been set up.

According to the company's CEO, quoted by Reuters, the aircraft had "no known technical problems".

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said he "would like to express deep condolences to the families of those who lost their beloved loved ones on the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning."

The crashed Boeing 737-800 MAX is the same type of plane that Indonesian airline Lion Air crashed into the sea last October, 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta, killing 189 people.

Ethiopian Airlines, which is 100% owned by the Ethiopian State and has experienced a very strong expansion in recent years, enjoys a good reputation. Its fleet has more than 100 aircraft, the largest on the African continent.

Boby Dean for DayNewsWorld