Boeing 737 from Addis to Nairobi crashes with 157 aboard
Mar 11, 2019, 13:18
Four Indians were among 149 passengers who were killed when a Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines aircraft crashed six minutes after take-off Sunday morning from Addis Ababa, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said.
Flight ET302 was six minutes outbound from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia when the global airport lost contact with the plane.
It added that search and rescue operations had been launched and that its officials were also checking for information on survivors and casualties.
Confirming the fatal accident, the Office of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, expressed their deepest condolence to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the Sunday morning crash. Ethiopian Airlines confirmed "there are no survivors".
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Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal took to Twitter to share condolences on behalf of the government and people of Pakistan.
Ethiopian Airlines announced the acquisition of the brand new Max aircraft in July.
Mohammed Nur Mohammed, First Officer of Boeing 737 MAX 8, is an Ethiopian Airlines staff member.
The cause of the Ethiopian Airlines crash is still not clear, but the pilot had requested a return to Addis Ababa due to difficulties.
Ethiopian Airlines identified the flight number as ET 302/10 and said the crash took place around Bishoftu, formerly known as Debre-Zeit.
Ethiopia Airlines has gained the reputation of being one of the best airlines in Africa.
The 149 passengers and 8 crew members aboard perished in the accident.
"Ethiopian Airlines will release further information as soon as it is available".
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