An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi on Sunday, killing all 157 aboard including eight Americans and 18 Canadians.
The story is still developing. We will update this page soon.
A Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane belonging to Ethiopian Airline crashed on Sunday March 10, 2019 killing all 157 people on board. The airplane left Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport for Nairobi but it began to experience problems shortly after takeoff.
The plane suffered unstable vertical speed, signifying that the plane didn’t climb smoothly. As a result the plane suffered a loss of altitude few minutes after take off, says Flightradar 24, a flight tracking website.
The pilot immediately radioed the tower to report the problem and that the plane needs to return back to ground but they didn’t make it.
The Wallstreet Journals reported that the airplane lost all communication 6 minutes after it took off. The plane crashed near Bishoftu, south of Addis Ababa.
157 people were on board, 32 Kenyans, seven British citizens, 18 Canadians and 8 Americans. The plane crashed around 08:44 local time in Addis Ababa.
“At this stage, we cannot rule out anything,” Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told reporters at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.
“We cannot also attribute the cause to anything because we will have to comply with the international regulation to wait for the investigation.”
“The blast and the fire were so strong that we couldn’t get near it,” he said. “Everything is burnt down.”
Nigeriatunes gathered that passengers from more than 30 countries were on the flight. We can confirm that a Nigerian man was on the flight his name is Professor Adesanmi. There may be more Nigerians on the flight, we will update this when the list of names of all passengers are released.