There are no survivors in the deadly plane crash of Boeing 737 en route to Nairobi, reported on Sunday morning, confirmed the Ethiopian Airlines.
The aircraft, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, took off at 08:38 am (05:38 GMT) and lost contact with air traffic controllers six minutes later. It crashed near Bishoftu, southeast of the Ethiopian capital, killing all 149 passengers and eight crew members on board, the airlines said in a statement.
Accident Bulletin no. 1
Issued on march 10, 2019 at 11:00am
Ethiopian Airlines will release further information as soon as it is available. Updated information will also be on Ethiopian Airlines website at https://t.co/Je7pXoKxHh pic.twitter.com/07wKZHPVPl
— Ethiopian Airlines (@flyethiopian) March 10, 2019
According to the CEO Tewolde Gebremariam of Ethiopian Airlines, the pilot of the aircraft gave a distressed call immediately after takeoff and was given the clearance to land back at the airport. Tewolde, who visited the crash site said: “it was a brand new airplane which had flown 1200 hours had arrived from Johannesburg on Sunday morning safely.”
The Boeing 737-8 MAX is the same type of plane as the Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed last year in October, just 13 minutes after the take-off from Jakarta, killing 189 people on board.
The world leaders and heads of states shared their condolences; Moussa Faki Mahamat of African Union Commission spoke of “utter shock and immense sadness” as well as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Theresa May shared the devastating news on their social media.
Devastating news from Ethiopia this morning. Our thoughts are with all the victims on flight ET302, including the Canadians who were on board, and everyone who lost friends, family, or loved ones. Canadians in need of assistance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-996-8885.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 10, 2019
The messages of condolences also came from the governments of Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Britain, Germany, France, and the US.
“I was deeply saddened to hear of the devastating loss of life following the plane crash in Ethiopia. At this very difficult time my thoughts are with the families and friends of the British citizens on board and all those affected by this tragic incident.” – PM @Theresa_May
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) March 10, 2019
Dr. Mohammad Faisal who is the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also took to his Social Media to condole with the family of the passengers on behalf of the government of Pakistan.
Government and people of Pakistan express heartfelt condolences to Governments and peoples of #Kenya and #Ethiopia and the affected families, on the tragic Ethiopian Air plane crash this morning, which reportedly may have led to more than148 casualties. #pakafricabrotherhood
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@DrMFaisal) March 10, 2019