Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa-Bole Airport. There were no survivors The aircraft took off from runway 07R at Bole Airport at 05:38 UTC (08:38 local time). The airline reports that contact was lost at 08:44 local time.
In a press conference, the Ethiopian Airlines CEO stated that the pilot reported difficulties with the aircraft to ATC. He was given clearance to return to the airport.
Weather at the time of the accident was fine with visibility of 10+ km, few clouds at 2500 feet.
It seems that tragically Ethiopian Airlines flight #ET302 has crashed shortly after departure from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta. This is the second fatal crash of a 737MAX. Here is the seemingly normal climb out of Bole Airport, Addis Ababa. pic.twitter.com/OtrGFoswPV
— Newcastle Flyer (@NewcastleFlyer) March 10, 2019
Ethiopian Airlines is currently giving more details of the passengers who were on board ET 302 that crashed on Sunday shortly after taking off from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.
The CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde Gebremariam is speaking at a press conference.
He said the captain of the crashed plane had told controllers at Bole airport that he was having difficulty and wanted to return, and that he had been given clearance.
He also said that the plane had arrived on Sunday morning from South Africa.
“[The] plane had more than three hours of ground time after coming from South Africa, it arrived with no remark and was dispatched with no remark.”
Mr Tewolde said smoke was still smoldering at the crash site when he visited.
All the 149 passengers and 8 crew are dead.
The numbers we have so far are:
- 32 passengers were Kenyan
- 18 Canada
- 9 Ethiopian
- 8 Chinese
- 8 Italian
- 8 US
- 7 British
- 7 France
- 6 Egypt
- 5 Netherlands
- 4 UN passport
- 4 Indian
- 3 Russian
- 2 Moroccan
- 2 Israeli
- 1 Belgian
- 1 Ugandan
- 1 Yemeni
- 1 Sudanese
- 1 Togo
- 1 Mozambican
- 1 Norwegian
— Maria (@maria_selfless) March 10, 2019
The flight manifest by Nationality of the ill fated Ethiopian Airways flight fro Addis Ababa to Nairobi. pic.twitter.com/BhhD4yVqU7
— Azubike Osumili (@azuosumili) March 10, 2019