According to sources, 157 people (149 passengers and 8 crew members), aboard Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 en route to Nairobi from Addis Ababa have all perished in a plane crash that happened 6 minutes after takeoff Sunday morning. The plane was less than 4 months old.
Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed the tragic incident: “We hereby confirm that our scheduled flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today. It is believed that there were 149 passengers and eight crew on board the flight but we are currently confirming the details of the passenger manifest for the flight”. Ethiopia’s Prime Minister has extended his condolences to the families of the victims, and so has the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta.
Ethiopian Airlines said they will send staff to the site of the accident to gather more information on what might have gone wrong and also to do their best in assisting with emergency services.
Worthy of note is the fact that the Boeing 737-800MAX that just crashed is the same type of plane as the Indonesian Lion Air jet which also suffered the same fate last October, crashing just 13 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta and killing all 189 people on board. The last fatal incident recorded on Ethiopian Airlines happened in 2010, when a Boeing 737-800 exploded after takeoff from Lebanon, killing 7 crew and 83 passengers.
On its Twitter account, Boeing Airplanes says that it was informed about Sunday’s accident and is “closely monitoring the situation”.