An Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa crashed shortly after takeoff Sunday morning, killing all 157 people onboard.
The state-run Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation said the flight that went down near the city of Bishoftu carried passengers from at least 33 countries.
Thirty-two Kenyans, eighteen Canadians, nine Ethiopians, and eight Americans were among those killed. A number of United Nations staff were also among the victims.
"The Secretary-General was deeply saddened at the tragic loss of lives in the airplane crash today near Addis Ababa," United Nations Secretary General spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.
"He conveys his heartfelt sympathies and solidarity to the victims' families and loved ones, including those of United Nations staff members, as well as sincere condolences to the Government and people of Ethiopia," the statement read, adding that the U.N. is in contact with Ethiopian authorities to "establish the details" of its employees who perished in the crash.
Ethiopian Airlines said the flight lost contact with Bole International Airport just six minutes after it took off Sunday morning at 8:38 am local time.
The Boeing 737- MAX 8 was a new jet, delivered to the airline in November, according to the Planespotters civil aviation database.
"The aircraft is very new...and the pilot was very experienced," Afrat Begashaw, spokesperson for the Ethiopian Airlines, told VOA, adding that any current explanation of why the plane crashed is "just speculation".
Boeing issued a one-line statement Sunday, saying "Boeing is aware of reports of an airplane accident and is closely monitoring the situation."