Ethiopian Airlines Bound to Nairobi Crashes | 157 On Board Ethiopian Airlines Bound to Nairobi Crashes
The Boeing 737 crashed on the way to Nairobi, 6 minutes after taking off from Addis Ababas Bole International Airport.
Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, offered condolences to families of the victims.
Official spokesperson for the airline reported “search and rescue procedures are on going and we have no confirmed evidence about survivors or any possible fatalities.”
The plane lost contact soon after it took off at 8:38am (06:38 GMT) from Addis Ababas Bole International Airport.
It is estimated that this was near Bishoftu.
Bishoftu is a town southeast of Addis Ababa and is about 60 Kms away.
Ethiopian Airlines informed that it would send staff to the accident site to “do everything probable to support the emergency services”.
It would also put up a passenger information centre and a hotline telephone number for family and friends of individuals who might have been on the flight.
The Boeing 737-800MAX is the identical type of plane as the Indonesian Lion Air jet that went down last October, 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta airport, killing all passengers and crew – 189 people on board.
The previous major mishap involving an Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane was a Boeing 737-800 that blew up after taking off from Lebanon in 2010, killing passengers and crew 90 in total.
Aljazeera, Sputnik News
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