NAIROBI: An Ethiopian Airways Boeing 737 crashed Sunday morning en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi with 149 passengers and eight crew believed to be on board, Ethiopian Airways stated as Ethiopia´s prime minister provided condolences to passengers´ households.
“We hereby affirm that our scheduled flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was concerned in accident at the moment,” the airline stated in an announcement.
“It’s believed that there have been 149 passengers and eight crew on board the flight however we’re at the moment confirming the main points of the passenger manifest for the flight.”
The airline stated “search and rescue operations are in progress and we have now no confirmed details about survivors or any doable casualties.”
The airplane took off at 8:38 am (0638 GMT) from Bole Worldwide Airport and “misplaced contact” six minutes later close to Bishoftu, a city some 60 kilometres (37 miles) southeast of Addis Ababa by highway.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed´s workplace tweeted it “wish to categorical its deepest condolences to the households of people who have misplaced their family members on Ethiopian Airways Boeing 737 on common scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.”
Ethiopian Airways stated it will ship employees to the accident scene to “do the whole lot doable to help the emergency companies.”
It could additionally arrange a passenger data centre and a devoted phone quantity for household and pals of people that could have been on the flight.
The Boeing 737-800MAX is similar sort of airplane because the Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed final October, 13 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 individuals on board.
The final main accident involving an Ethiopian Airways passenger airplane was a Boeing 737-800 that exploded after taking off from Lebanon in 2010, killing 83 passengers and 7 crew.