"Boeing is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a 737 MAX 8 airplane," said the company in a statement on Sunday. "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 a Boeing technical team will go to the crash site to help the Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau and U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. A notice from Ethiopian Airlines said it is working with authorities and Boeing to determine the cause of the accident.
The tragedy that killed some 157 passengers and crew follows a similar accident in October of a Lion Air flight that crashed in Indonesia.
Following that accident, Boeing released a statement that said, "Safety is a core value for everyone at Boeing and the safety of our airplanes, our customers' passengers and their crews is always our top priority. As our customers and their passengers continue to fly the 737 MAX to hundreds of destinations around the world every day, they have our assurance that the 737 MAX is as safe as any airplane that has ever flown the skies."