“The aircraft B-737-800MAX with registration number ET-AVJ took off at 08:38am local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08:44am,” Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement today.
“At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties,” the airline added.
The Ethiopian Airlines has revealed its flight ET 302/10 March in schedule from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya, crashed at Bishoftu (Debre Zeit) on Sunday morning.
The national carrier said its staff would be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services.
Update :It has currently been reported that all the 157 people aboard have lost their lives in the accident.
Ethiopian Airlines said there were 149 passengers and 8 crew onboard the flight “but we are currently confirming the details of the passenger manifest for the flight.”
It seems that tragically Ethiopian Airlines flight #ET302 has crashed shortly after departure from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta. This is the second fatal crash of a 737MAX. Here is the seemingly normal climb out of Bole Airport, Addis Ababa. pic.twitter.com/OtrGFoswPV
— Newcastle Flyer (@NewcastleFlyer) March 10, 2019
Boeing said in a tweet that it was “aware of reports on an airplane accident and is closely monitoring the situation.”
The Newcastle Flyer said it seems that the national carrier “crashed shortly after departure from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta. This is the second fatal crash of a 737 MAX.”
Ethiopian Airlines said it was establishing a passenger information centre and telephone number will be available shortly for family or friends of those who may have been on flight ET 302/10 March.”