The aircraft, carrying passengers from 33 countries, was only months old and of the same type involved in a previous disaster.
All 157 people aboard an Ethiopian Airlines plane have been killed after it crashed minutes after take-off.
The state-owned carrier has confirmed there were no survivors from Flight ET 302, carrying 149 passengers from 33 countries and eight crew members. China State TV has said eight of its nationals were on board.
The Boeing 737-8 MAX was on a regular scheduled flight to Nairobi in Kenya, when it came down shortly after taking off from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
The airline said the plane had crashed near the town of Bishoftu, some 31 miles (50km) southeast of Addis Ababa.
The jet left the airport at 8.38am local time before losing contact with the control tower at 8:44am.
The plane “had an unstable vertical speed” after take-off, according to the flight tracking website Flightradar24.