March 10, 2019– Mary Greeley News – A brand-new Ethiopian Airlines jet has crashed, killing 157 people on board, with a devastating photo from the scene revealing only rubble.
Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed there were no survivors of Flight ET302, which crashed on its way to Nairobi.
There were 157 people, including eight crew on board the Boeing 737-800 Max — the same aircraft as involved in a deadly crash off Jakarta in October.
“Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO deeply regrets the fatal accident involved on ET 302 /March 10 on a scheduled flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi,” it said on its Facebook page.
“The group CEO who is at the accident scene right now regrets to confirm that there are no survivors.
“He expresses his profound sympathy and condolences to the families and loved ones of passengers and crew who lost their lives in this tragic accident.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his thoughts are with the victims of a deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash today, including the 18 Canadians on board.
They are among the victims of a crash that killed all 157 people thought to be on board today.
It is not yet clear what caused the crash of the new Boeing 737-8 MAX plane shortly after takeoff from Bole Airport en route to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.
The airline’s CEO says the pilot sent out a distress call and was given clearance to return.
Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) top managers among those who died in Ethiopian airline crash. pic.twitter.com/cnIITHWI49
— Insurance Analyst (@KenyanInsurance) March 10, 2019
Swedish-based flight tracking website flightradar24 tweeited: “Data from Flightradar24 ADS-B network show that vertical speed was unstable after take off.”
The Kenyan Transport Secretary James Macharia confirmed seven of the killed passengers were Britons during a press conference today.
He added there were a total of 35 different nationalities inclduing: 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, eight Chinese, five Dutch, six Egyptians, nine Ethiopians, seven French, four Indians, four Italians, four Slovakians and eight Americans.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that two Israeli citizens were among the victims.
Other nationalities include: four on a UN passport, three Austrians, three Sweds, three Russians, two Moroccans, two Spaniards, two Poles, two Israelis, one Belgian, one Ugandan, one Sudanese, one Yemeni, one from Togo, one Norweigan, one Irish and one Saudi.
@LauraCNN I think you are covering the Ethiopian airlines crash en route to Kenya. My father is the Nigerian UN Passenger on the flight. Is there any place I can get more details? My family really needs more details. Thank you.
— LekanB (@LekanB) March 10, 2019
Some of the passengers carried United Nations passports and were likely set to attend a major UN environmental conference in Nairobi on Monday.
Robert Mutanda, 46, was waiting for his brother-in-law coming from Canada.
He told Reuters more than three hours after the flight was lost: “No, we haven’t seen anyone from the airline or the airport.
“Nobody has told us anything, we are just standing here hoping for the best.”
UPDATE: The Boeing 737 MAX plane that crashed joined the Ethiopian Airlines fleet just four months ago.
It is the second Boeing 737 MAX to crash in the past five months.
A Lion Air plane came down off the coast of Indonesia in October 2018, killing all 189 people on board.
— Hamza Mohamed (@Hamza_Africa) March 10, 2019
— Sokkaa_RSS (@Sokkaa_RSS) March 10, 2019
The airline released a statement saying the airline lost contact with Bole International Airport six mintues after take off before crashing 60 kilometres South-east of the airport.
— Muqdisho Online (@Muqdisho_online) March 10, 2019
The first statement from this morning reads: “Ethiopian Airlines regrets to confirm that its flight ET 302/10 March in schedule service from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit).
The senior pilot, Capt. Yared Getachew, had a “commendable performance” and had flown more than 8,000 hours, the airline said.
His first officer, Ahmed Nur Mohammod Nur, had 200 hours in the air.
The jet was delivered to the airline in mid-November and had its last maintenance Feb. 4.
The aircraft was the same model as the Lion Air jet that crashed in October, killing all 189 people on board. That crash was blamed on an automatic system that reportedly forced the plane’s nose down.
credit: In part with https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1098115/ethiopian-airlines-plane-crash-nairobi-kenya-passengers-dead-latest