An Ethiopian four months old airline that left Addis Ababa this Sunday morning at 8:38 am local time heading to Nairobi in Kenya has crashed killing all 149 passengers and 8 crew members on board. The plane came down around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit) six minutes after taking off when air traffic control lost contact with the plane.
As of now, there is no knowledge about the identity of the victims involved in the crash and the exact cause of the accident is also unknown. The plane was expected to arrive in Nairobi at 10:25am local time.
The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, in a tweet has sent out a message of condolence to the victims of the crash “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”
Ethiopian Airlines has also issued a release confirming the crash and the release states that there is no information about survivors or any possible casualties. The airline says Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services. The airline is also establishing a passenger information center and telephone numbers will be available shortly for family members and friends of those who have been on flight ET 302/10 March.
This is the second crash by this particular model of aircraft since it was introduce into the market in 2017.Another plane crash by the same model happened five months back when a Lion Air flight crashed into the sea near Indonesia with nearly 190 passengers on board.
Ethiopian Airlines is one of the major airlines in Africa flying across many destinations in the East African sub region and the entire continent. it has gained popularity not only in Africa but also across the world in recent years and has a very good reputation for safety.