Ethiopian 737Max8 crashes in Kenya

An Ethiopian Airlines 737-8 has crashed in Ethiopia not long after take off, on its way from Addis Ababa to Nairobi in Kenya.

157 passengers and crew are believed to have died.

The plane took off at 8:38am (0638 GMT) from Bole International Airport and “lost contact” six minutes later near Bishoftu, a town some 37 miles southeast of Addis Ababa. The plane came down near the village of Tulu Fara.

An AFP reporter said there was a massive crater at the crash site, with belongings and airplane parts scattered widely.

An eyewitness told the BBC there was an intense fire when the plane crashed

It’s a worryingly similar scenario to the Indonesian Lion Air 738Max that crashed last October, 13 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.

Boeing will be seriously concerned at a second incident and it’s vital that they get to the bottom of this one as soon as possible.

The believed likely crash area is relatively remote which will make things more difficult.