The brand new Boeing #737MAX (involved in today’s Ethiopian Airlines crash

An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX has been involved in a fatal crash whilst operating ET302 from Addis Ababa.

The Office of the Ethiopian Prime Minister released a statement not long ago with the following message:

“The Office of the PM, on behalf of the government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its 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.”

The aircraft involved is a four month old Boeing 737 MAX 8 registered ET-AVJ, which vanished from radar screens just six minutes after departing Addis Ababa. Ethiopian lists 149 passengers and eight crew members were onboard at the time.

In a message from the airline on their website, the aircraft is suspected to be located around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit).

Rescue efforts currently underway. A passenger information center and telephone number will be set up very shortly for family and friends of those who may have been on the flight.