All 157 people on board crashed Ethiopian plane confirmed dead

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 14, 2019

A statement by the airline earlier on Sunday said a search and rescue operation was underway.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam told reporters at a press conference that the pilot of flight ET 302 that crashed Sunday morning had reported technical difficulties and asked for clearance to return to Addis Ababa. He said the plane "is now right inside the ground" and it was not possible to identify whether it was an emergency landing or a crash.

Both Addis Ababa and Nairobi are major hubs for humanitarian workers, and some had been 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. "I just pray that he is safe or he was not on it", said Agnes Muilu, who had come to pick up her brother.

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

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

All 157 people on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Kenya's capital, Nairobi which crashed shortly after take off from Bole International Airport have been confirmed dead, Ethiopian media reported Sunday citing information from the airline.

Swedish flight tracker flightradar24.com said on its Twitter account that: "Additional data from Flightradar24 ADS-B network show that vertical speed was unstable after take off". It has flown more than 1,200 hours.

The last crash by the airline was in 2010 when one of the company's aeroplanes crashed in the Mediterranean Sea after leaving Beirut.

North American airlines that operate the 737 MAX 8 said they were monitoring the investigation.

The factory delivered its first MAX 8 plane to Air China in December.

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