Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX involved in fatal crash
An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX has been involved in a fatal crash whilst operating ET302 from Addis Ababa.
The Office of the Ethiopian Prime Minister released a statement not long ago with the following message:
“The Office of the PM, on behalf of the government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.”
The aircraft involved was a four month old Boeing 737 MAX 8 registered ET-AVJ, which vanished from radar screens just six minutes after departing Addis Ababa. Ethiopian lists 149 passengers and eight crew members were onboard at the time.
First photo of the crash site with the CEO of the airline inspecting the site (something that has sparked controversy):
Flightradar24 captured the last moments of the aircraft before it disappeared:
We are following reports that Ethiopian Airlines flight #ET302 to Nairobi has crashed after take off from Addis Ababa.
Mr Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, told the news conference that passengers from more than 30 countries were on board the flight.
He said they included 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Italians, eight Chinese, eight Americans, seven Britons, seven French citizens, six Egyptians, five Germans, four Indians and four people from Slovakia.
Slovak MP Anton Hrnko later confirmed via Facebook that his wife and two children were on the plane.
Three Austrians, three Swedes, three Russians, two Moroccans, two Spaniards, two Poles and two Israelis were also on the flight.
There was also one passenger each from Belgium, Indonesia, Somalia, Norway, Serbia, Togo, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen.
Four people held United Nations passports, the airline said, and it believed some passengers could have been heading to a session of the UN Environment Assembly which begins in Nairobi on Monday.
A UN source also told Agence France-Presse that “at least a dozen of the victims were affiliated with the UN”, and that this may include freelance translators.
Talking at a press conference, the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines mentioned the aircraft was brand new (as already established) and had a perfect safety record. It had accumulated around 1200 hours with no maintenance faults detected with the aircraft being “well-maintained”.
This is a developing story. Check back later for more information as it becomes available.