Ethiopian Airlines Flight Bound for Nairobi Crashes Minutes After Takeoff, All 157 on Board Killed

By Paul Riegler on 10 March 2019
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DSC_0505An Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed just minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday morning

All 157 on board – including eight Americans and 18 Canadians – perished in the crash, which took place near Bishofu, southeast of the Ethiopian capital, the airline said in a statement.

Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, a Boeing 737 Max 8, was en route from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.  The airline said that the pilot sent out a distress call shortly after takeoff and had been given clearance to return to the airport.

The crash is the second time in six months that a brand new 737 Max 8 crashed just minutes into a flight. In October, a Lion Air 737 went down over the Java Sea, killing all 189 on board.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.

In a statement on Twitter, the airline’s CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, expressed “his profound sympathy and condolences to the families and loved ones of passengers and crew who lost their lives in this tragic accident.”

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