The passenger jet, which was traveling to Nairobi, Kenya, reportedly crashed in Bishoftu, 60 kilometers from Addis Ababa where it took off this morning at 08:38 local time. Eight crew members and 149 passengers were believed to have been on board. The cause of the crash is not yet known.
Is this usually a safe route? Yes, but the Boeing 737 Max-8 model involved is relatively new and was the same model of the Lion Air flight that crashed five months ago. The last Ethiopian Airlines accident occurred in 2010, shortly after take off from Beirut.