Ethiopian Airlines flight crashes, killing all 157 on board
This is the second Boeing 737 MAX 8 to crash since the Indonesia Lion Air October crash.
BISHOFTU, ETHIOPIA — An Ethiopian Airlines plane headed for Nairobi crashed minutes after take-off on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board.
According to Reuters, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 left Bole Airport in Addis Ababa at 8:38 a.m. local time, before losing contact with the control tower at 8:44 a.m.
According to data published by FlightRadar24, the plane took off in good weather and clear visibility and struggles to ascend at a stable speed.
According to data published by FlightRadar24 on Twitter, during the first three minutes of flight, the vertical speed was unstable after take-off.
According to chief executive of the airline Tewolde GebreMariam, the pilot had sent out a distress call and was cleared to return to the airport.
After losing contact with air traffic controllers, the plane crashed into the ground near Bishoftu, a town southeast of the capital.
Passengers from 33 countries were aboard the flight, said GebreMariam.
According to Reuters, the aircraft, a 737 MAX 8, is the same Boeing model as the Lion Air flight that crashed in the Java Sea after take-off from Jakarta on Oct. 29, killing all 189 people on board.
Boeing has said it is sending a technical team to help with the Ethiopian-led crash investigation.
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