China is grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in the country after Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed Sunday morning, killing everyone on board, including eight Chinese nationals, according to reports.
The Boeing 737 MAX 8 was one of 30 the airline has on order.
The airline said "search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties". Here is the latest list of nationalities as released by the airline.
Swedish flight-tracking website flightradar24 said that the Boeing 737 passenger jet "had unstable vertical speed".
Safety experts cautioned against drawing too many comparisons between the two crashes until more is known.
The Ethiopian plane was new, having been delivered to the airline in November.
Ethiopian Airlines has gained the reputation of being one of the best airlines in Africa.
The aircraft had shattered into many pieces and was severely burnt, a Reuters reporter at the scene of the crash said.
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The fleet will continue flying since the cause of the crash is not clear, the CEO said.
The plane, en route to Nairobi, Kenya, lost contact at 08.44 am local time, six minutes after taking off from Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital.
The plane was on a regularly scheduled flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi when it took a nose dive near Bishoftu, a town about 37 miles southeast of Addis Ababa.
People from 33 countries were on board, of which 32 were Kenyans and 17 Ethiopians.
"We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board and stand ready to support the Ethiopian Airlines team", the company said. CS James Macharia said a team led by Principal Secretary Esther Koimett has been sent to Ethiopia.
The jet's last maintenance was on February 4, and it had flown just 1,200 hours.
In the US, the Federal Aviation Administration said it would join the National Transportation Safety Board in assisting Ethiopian authorities with the crash investigation.
Its last major accident occurred in 2010 when it crashed into the Mediterranean shortly after takeoff from Beirut, killing all 90 people on board.
The crash comes as Ethiopian has been snapping up stakes in small carriers around the continent to pre-empt potential rivals and become the dominant pan-African airline. The flight has crashed 60km south-east of the airport.