At 6:22 p.m. Jakarta time, U.S. company Boeing confirmed that the aircraft was a Boeing 737-MAX 8, the same aircraft that was used for Lion Air flight JT610, which crashed in Indonesia in late October.
Investigators say that the pilots of the 737 Max-8 aircraft have been struggling with a new feature of the aircraft, which is an automated system created to keep the plane from stalling.
Operation of the model will only resume after "confirming the relevant measures to effectively ensure flight safety", the administration said in a statement. Here is the latest list of nationalities as released by the airline.
The jetliner showed unstable vertical speed after takeoff, air traffic monitor Flightradar 24 said in a Twitter post.
The reason for the crash is not yet known.
The Ethiopian plane was delivered to the airline in November.
State-owned Ethiopian Airlines is widely considered the best-managed airline in Africa and calls itself Africa's largest carrier. The pilot was a senior aviator, joining the airline in 2010, the CEO said.
It's unusual for authorities to take the step of grounding planes, and it's up to each country to set standards on which planes can fly and how those planes are maintained, said Todd Curtis, an aviation safety analyst who directs the Airsafe.com Foundation.
Flight ET 302 crashed near the town of Bishoftu, 62 kilometres southeast of the capital Addis Ababa, the airline said, adding that the plane was a Boeing 737 MAX8.
Kenya lost 32 people, more than any country. ET-AVJ had over 1,000 hours with the airline since delivery.
"There are no survivors", the airline tweeted alongside a picture of Chief Executive Tewolde GebreMariam holding up a piece of debris inside a large crater at the crash site.
The crash shattered more than two years of relative calm in Africa, where travel had always been chaotic.
New Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been promising to open up the state-owned airline to domestic and worldwide investors.
A plane belonging to Ethiopia Airlines has crashed near the capital of Addis Ababa.
An Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane from Addis Ababa headed to Nairobi, Kenya has crashed. The flight has crashed 60km south-east of the airport.