157 dead as Ethiopian flight to Nairobi crashes

Andrew Cummings
March 11, 2019

An Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 bound for Nairobi crashed minutes after take-off on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board.

A plane belonging to Ethiopia Airlines has crashed near the capital of Addis Ababa.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister's office tweeted "condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones".

Caijing, a state-run news outlet that covers finance and economics, said many flights scheduled to use 737 Max planes would instead use the 737-800 models.

Ethiopian Airlines has opened a passenger information centre and provided emergency numbers for the relatives of people who may have been on board the plane. Its four Super MAX 8 planes were delivered in 2018, including the jet that crashed in November.

Indonesia's transportation safety committee said on Monday it will discuss the possibility of grounding its Boeing 737 Max jets operated by the nation's airlines. "At this stage, we can not rule out anything", Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, told reporters at the airport.

The aircraft left Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital at 8.38am local time and lost contact six minutes later.

Cayman Airways is now working in co-ordination with both Boeing and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands to monitor the investigation into Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.

"Data from Flightradar24 ADS-B network show that vertical speed was unstable after take off", the Swedish-based flight tracking organization said on its Twitter feed.

Kenya's transport secretary James Macharia told reporters that he could confirm there were nationals from at least 35 different countries on board, including seven passengers from the United Kingdom and one from Ireland.

First word of the crash came when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed expressed his "deepest condolences" on Twitter.

The airline added that a passenger information center and hotline "will be available shortly for family or friends of those who may have been on flight". It was not yet clear at the time where the crash occurred.

"My prayers go to all the families and associates of those on board", said Kenya's president, Uhuru Kenyatta.

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