Amman, Ethiopian Airlines said Monday it had grounded its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet after a crash that killed 149 passengers and eight crew.

"Following the tragic accident of ET 302, the Ethiopian Airlines has decided to ground all B-737-8 MAX fleet effective yesterday, March 10, until further notice," the state-owned carrier said in a statement released on Twitter.

"Although we don't yet know the cause of the accident, we have to decide to ground the particular fleet as an extra safety precaution," said the airline, which is Africa's largest.

On Sunday, the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302, while on its way to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, crashed six minutes after take-off, killing all 157 people on board.

Source: Jordan News Agency