Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Flight to Nairobi Crashes

Leroy Wright
March 14, 2019

The 149 passengers and eight crew were of 33 nationalities, the country's state broadcaster EBC reported on Sunday.

State-owned Ethiopian is one of the biggest carriers on the continent by fleet size.

A general view shows the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on March 10, 2019.

Canada, Ethiopia, the U.S., China, Italy, France, Britain, Egypt, Germany, India and Slovakia all lost four or more citizens. Both Addis Ababa and Nairobi are major hubs for humanitarian workers, and many people were on their way to a large United Nations environmental conference set to begin Monday in Nairobi.

That model number does not exist however, and multiple aviation websites later identified the plane as a new 737 MAX 8, the same plane that crashed in Indonesia in October, killing 189.

"Some of them, as you know, they are very distressed", he said.

Image from BBC shoot-edit of the crash scene of the Ethiopian Airlines flight
Image caption The crash site is around 60km south-east of the Ethiopian capital

The statement added that search and rescue operations are in progress.

Boeing said it was sending a technical team to help with the Ethiopian-led investigation.

Boeing and joint venture partner Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) operate a plant in the eastern city of Zhoushan that completes the interiors of 737 MAX planes for Chinese airlines.

The flight left Bole airport in Addis Ababa at 8.38 am local time, before losing contact with the control tower just a few minutes later at 8.44 am. The plane's vertical speed (seen in the diagram, centre) varied between 2,624 feet per minute and minus 1,216, a pattern which flight experts said was highly unusual during one of the "most critical phases of flight".

Its last major crash was in January 2010, when a flight from Beirut went down shortly after take-off, killing all 90 people onboard.

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