All 157 passengers on crashed Ethiopian Airlines flight killed

All 157 passengers on crashed Ethiopian Airlines flight killed

"Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO deeply regrets the fatal accident involved on ET 302/March 10 on a scheduled flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi", the airline said on its Facebook page.

Eight crew members onboard the Boeing 737 were also confirmed dead.

In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs conveyed its condolences to Ethiopia.

The CAA said it would contact the US Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing regarding the resumption of operations once they are assured that measures have been taken to ensure safety.

The plane crashed near Bishoftu city, about 45 km southeast of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the ET said in a statement.

Ethiopian Airlines has opened a passenger information centre and provided emergency numbers for the relatives of people who may have been on board the plane.

It was the second crash of the 737 MAX the latest version of Boeing's workhorse narrow body jet that first entered service in 2017
It was the second crash of the 737 MAX the latest version of Boeing's workhorse narrow body jet that first entered service in 2017

According to the Twitter account for Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, March 11 has been declared "a national day of mourning for citizens of all countries that have passed in this tragic accident". "As I said, it is a brand-new airplane...flown by senior pilots and there is not cause that we can (determine) at this time".

Ethiopian Airlines is one of the continent's biggest carriers with ambitions to becoming the gateway to Africa.

"This is the second major, fatal accident involving the Boeing 737 MAX 8 in less than five months, including October's Lion Air crash", Macheras told DW.

Seven British passengers and one from Ireland were among 157 people killed when an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed just after take-off.

Ethiopian Airlines confirmed on Sunday evening Jakarta time that there were no survivors in the crash of its flight ET302 from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to Nairobi in Kenya.

The Max model is the newest version of Boeing's workhorse 737 model, the world's most popular commercial airline.

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