An Ethiopian Airlines’ plane traveling to Nairobi crashed killing everyone aboard. There were 149 passengers and eight crew members onboard of the Boeing 737 passenger jet according to Reuters. No one survived.
The jet had just left the Addis Ababa airport at 8:38 a.m. its time. The plane lost contact with the control tower only minutes into the flight, at 8:44 a.m.
The state-owned Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation quoted an anonymous airline source:
‘There are no survivors onboard the flight, which carried passengers from 33 countries.’
The plan crashed 62 kilometers (38 miles) southeast of the Ethiopian capitol city of Addis Ababa. It landed near a town of Bishoftu.
Flight ET 302 was a new Boeing 737-800 MAX 8 with a registration number of ET-AVJ. This was the identical plane that crashed last October in Indonesia. The number of people who died on that flight was 189.
This model came from the newest 737s. It has been a the “best selling” passenger jets in the world and “one of the most reliable.”
The airline released a statement:
‘Search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties.’
People were waiting at the gate of the Nairobi airport for news of their loved ones. Wendy Otieno was crying as she said:
‘We’re just waiting for my mum. We’re just hoping she took a different flight or was delayed. She’s not picking up her phone.’
Three hours after the flight was lost, Robert Mutanda’s was awaiting news of his brother-in-law who was on the flight, coming back from a trip to Canada. Mutanda told Reuters:
‘No, we haven’t seen anyone from the airline or the airport,Nobody has told us anything, we are just standing here hoping for the best.’