Very Sad New: There’s no survivors in Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crash near Addis Ababa.
The MAX 8 flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi reported technical problems and asked for permission to turn back, before crashing into a field six minutes after takeoff killing all 157 people on board died.
PM Abiy Ahmed visited ET 302 accident site this afternoon. He expresses his profound sadness at the loss of life and wishes healing to the friends and families of the bereaved. He provided direction to ensure full and timely investigation and communication of the cause.
— Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia (@PMEthiopia) March 10, 2019
Ethiopian Airline CEO Tewolde GebreMariam told reporters in a press conference that the pilot mentioned the technical issues before takeoff. At the time of the crash, the plane was attempting a return to the capital.
“As it is a fresh incident, we have not been able to determine the cause.. as I said, it is a brand new airplane with no technical remarks, flown by a senior pilot and there is no cause that we can attribute at this time.” ~GebreMariam
“The routine maintenance check didn’t reveal any problems,
According to the airline, 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight passengers each from the United States, China and Italy and seven passengers each from France and Britain were on board
Accident Bulletin no. 1
Issued on march 10, 2019 at 11:00am
Ethiopian Airlines will release further information as soon as it is available. Updated information will also be on Ethiopian Airlines website at https://t.co/Je7pXoKxHh pic.twitter.com/07wKZHPVPl
— Ethiopian Airlines (@flyethiopian) March 10, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the tragic incident in Ethiopia on Sunday