An Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane carrying 149 passengers and 8 crew members has on flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi has crashed. The aircraft model B-737-800MAX with registration number as ET-AVJ crashed at around the area of Bishoftu (Debre Zeit), in Ethiopia.
In an official statement by the Ethiopian Airlines office, it was confirmed that the aircraft lost contact just six minutes after leaving the Ethiopian Bole International Airport. “At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties,” the airline said.
Details of the passenger list for the flight are still being confirmed and the Airline has committed to send their staff to the scene of the accident to offer any required emergency services.
The Ethiopian Prime Minister’s office was first to break the news of the crash, condoling with the families and friends that may have lost their loved ones.
The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express it’s 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.
— Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia (@PMEthiopia) March 10, 2019
According to flight radar, the flight was expected at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 10:25 this morning.The plane, according to aviation analyst Alex Macheras, said the brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 was delivered to the airline just four months ago.