An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737, performing a flight ET-302 from Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) to Nairobi (Kenya) with 149 passengers and 8 crew, was climbing out of Nairobi when the aircraft levelled off at about 9,000 feet and the radar contact was lost.
On 11 March Ethiopian Airlines released the statement saying the airline decided to ground its whole Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet, which, according to the Boeing website, consists of five MAX 8 including the one that was involved in the crash. Although the reason of the crash has not been determined yet, the airline calls its decision ”as an extra precaution”.
UPDATED 15:38 (UTC +2), 10 March 2019
In the press conference the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines confirmed that the Boeing 737 MAX 8 which was performing the flight ET-302 was a brand new plane the delivery of which was taken 15 November 2018. The aircraft has flown over 1,200 hours.
Particularly this Boeing 737 MAX 8 has just arrived from Johannesburg this morning, flight ET-858.
The aircraft had a rigorous first check maintenance on 4 February 2019.
The reason of the crash could not be determined yet. The investigation has been launched. By the time CEO reached the crash site there was no fire but a smog.
In regards to the crew members who were in charge of the flight ET-302, the CEO revealed the pilot in command was an experienced pilot with over 8,000 hours. The pilot in command became the captain on Boeing 737 aircraft in November 2017. The first officer had accumulated 200 flight hours.
Also, it was announced that passengers on the flight were of 35 nationalities.
UPDATED 14:59 (UTC +2), 10 March 2019
The airline issued the media statement confirming no survivors were found. The first image from the crash site shows a large terrain of impact with a lot of small pieces of the aircraft.
The Boeing Company has also confirmed that the aircraft performing a flight was Boeing 737 MAX 8.
”A Boeing technical team is prepared to provide technical assistance at the request and under the direction of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board”, the company said in the statement.
An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8, performing a flight ET-302 from Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) to Nairobi (Kenya) with 149 passengers and 8 crew, was climbing out of Nairobi when the aircraft levelled off at about 9,000 feet and the radar contact was lost.
The airline confirmed the fact of the crash, however, the information about fatalities is not available yet. The airline reported rescue and recovery forces are on their way to the crash site near Bishoftu (Ethiopia) about 17nm southsoutheast of Addis Ababa.
In the media release the airline reported: “At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible causalities”.
Ethiopia’s Government expressed its deep condolences to the families who lost their loved ones, on Twitter.
According to Flightradar24, the aircraft performing the fatal crash was a Boeing 737 MAX 8. The first flight of this plane was in October 2018.View image on Twitter
We are following reports that Ethiopian Airlines flight #ET302 to Nairobi has crashed after take off from Addis Ababa.
Our coverage in the area is limited. We tracked the flight for about 3 minutes after take off.https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/et-avj#1fc0cdb5 …1,4659:01 AM – Mar 10, 20191,882 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy
The Boeing Company also released a short statement on its website saying that it “is aware of reports of an airplane accident and is closely monitoring the situation”.
Second Deadly Crash for MAX 8
This is already the second Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane involved in fatal accidents. Ethiopian Airlines MAX 8 was a four-months old.
The first 737 MAX 8 that crashed into the sea taking the lives of 189 people on board flew for Lion Air. It was an eleven-month old machine which had only 800 hours of flight.