Addis Ababa: Ethiopian Airlines flight carrying 149 passengers crashes

11 March, 2019, 10:38 | Author: Billie Castillo
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More than 30 nationalities were among the victims.

The jet, which was Nairobi-bound, crashed six minutes after take off.

Airlines must suspend commercial operations of all Boeing 737 Max 8 planes before 18:00 local time (10:00 GMT).

We discuss possible causes of Ethiopia plane crash with Desmond Ross, an aviation industry specialist.

The Boeing 737 is the same model of aircraft as the Lion Air flight which crashed off the coast Indonesia a year ago. However, the pilot reported technical difficulties and asked to turn back to Addis Ababa, according to the airline's CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam. There were no survivors in the crash, Reuters quoted state broadcaster Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation as saying.

Authorities earlier said 32 Kenyans and nine Ethiopians were killed.

Numerous passengers were from Kenya, but others were said to be from Italy, France, the US, Egypt, the Netherlands, Slovakia and India.

Little of the plane can be seen in the freshly churned earth.

The flight is believed to have had 149 passengers and eight crew members on board, the airline says.

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The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed it is aware of the incident, and is providing consular assistance to the family of the married father-of-two.

"The safety of our passengers and crew is, and always will be, our number one priority. He provided direction to ensure full and timely investigation and communication of the cause", his office said in a statement on Twitter.

It was the second crash involving a 737 Max 8 in the past five months.

An airplane carrying 157 people crashed shortly after takeoff from the Ethiopian capital Sunday, killing everyone on board.

The statement from the airline said: "The aircraft. took off at 08.38 am local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 8.44am".

The Planespotters civil aviation database shows that the plane was delivered to the airline in mid-November.

A statement by the Ethiopian prime minister's office offered its "deepest condolences" to families.

Sunday's crash, however, had "no fluctuations and all of the sudden transmission" ceased, he said.

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