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The flight took off at 08.38am local time from Addis Ababa before it "lost contact" just six minutes later at 08.44am.
It is confirmed that all the passengers who were nationalities of 33 countries including eight crew members have died, according to Ethiopian Airlines Public relations head who just spoke to the state broadcaster - ETV. He said the plane "is now right inside the ground" and it was not possible to identify whether it was an emergency landing or a crash.
According to Boeing's website, the company, as of January 31, had received 5,111 orders of Boeing 737 MAX series aircraft, and had delivered 350 to various airlines globally.
Mr Tewolde said smoke was still smouldering at the crash site when he visited. An Ethiopian Airlines spokesman said 32 Kenyans and 17 Ethiopians were among the victims.
Ethiopia Airlines has gained the reputation of being one of the best airlines in Africa. The Boeing 737-8 MAX was new, delivered to Ethiopian Airlines in mid-November, the airline's CEO said.
Families were taken to Nairobi's Sheraton hotel, but said they were still waiting to hear from airline staff eight hours after the accident.
An Ethiopian Airlines flight between Addis Ababa and Kenya's capital, Nairobi, has crashed, the Ethiopian prime minister's office said on Sunday.
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Aviation sources say it nearly certain that Ethiopian Airlines pilots would have been updated on the sensor issue.
That model number does not exist however and multiple aviation websites have later identified the plane as a new 737 MAX 8, the same plane that crashed in Indonesia in October, killing 189.
A spokesman for the airline confirmed the plane had crashed while heading from Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.
"My prayers go to all the families and associates of those on board", President Kenyatta wrote.
The last major accident involving an Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane was a Boeing 737-800 that exploded after taking off from Lebanon in 2010, killing 83 passengers and seven crew.
The flag carrier also issued a statement on Sunday morning further confirming the accident.
Following confirmation of the fatalities, Kenya's Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said a team led by Principal Secretary Esther Koimett has been sent to Ethiopia.