The plane, a Boeing 737-800MAX with flight number ET 302, conveying 157 passengers has been reportedly crashed near Addis Ababa and all booker’s died instantly, the Ethiopian Airlines said on Sunday morning.
The Air craft heading to Nairobi Kenya lost contact soon after taking off at 08:50 am local time from Bole International Airport in the main city.
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The aircraft went down around around Bishoftu, Addis Ababa. The airline believes there were 149 passengers and eight crew members on board.
An airline spokesperson told Stannova that 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, 9 Ethiopians, 8 Chinese, 8 Americans, 8 Italians and 7 UK nationals, 7 France, 6 Egypt, 5 Germans, 4 Indians were among the passengers. He further revealed that 3 Austrians passengers were also on board, the rest of the country on Board is one.
The CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam, said that the pilot had reported technical difficulties and asked for clearance to return to Addis Ababa, soon before it was reportedly crashed.
Accident Bulletin no. 3
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According to GebreMariam at a brief press conference, Turn back signal was passed, citing the Air Traffic Controllers record.