A Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa crashed on Sunday morning shortly after it took off from ADD. All 157 persons on board were killed. Following the crash of Lion Air Flight 610, this is the second fatal incident involving a Boeing 737 MAX 8 to take place within six months.
Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi crashed shortly after its departure from the Ethiopian capital on Sunday morning, killing all 157 persons onboard, CNN reports. The plane, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, had requested permission to return to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) after technical problems were reported early in its flight.
This is the second fatal incident involving a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet to take place within the span of six months. In October of 2018, a Lion Air flight crashed into the Java Sea, an incident which resulted in the deaths of all 189 persons onboard.
Both incidents are currently being investigated by aviation authorities, but as a consequence of the crash of ET302, some carriers – as well as China’s aviation authorities – have publicly said that they will be halting the use of the 737 MAX 8 amid safety concerns.
Ethiopian and Cayman Airways have both confirmed that they have grounded their fleets of this type of craft. Offering its comments to the outlet, China’s aviation authority said, “Given in both air crashes, the aircrafts were newly delivered Boeing 737 MAX 8, and both accidents occurred during the take-off, they share certain similarities.”
It also added that it would be following up its concerns with both aircraft manufacturer Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before allowing this type of craft to operate again. These are the airlines still flying Boeing 737 MAX 8s:
- American Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
- Norwegian Airlines
- TUI Airways
- Silk Air
- Fiji Airways
- GOL Linhas Aéreas
An investigation into the crash of ET302 by both Kenyan and Ethiopian authorities is underway and it is reported the flight’s black box has been located.
During a press conference on Sunday, Tewolde GebreMariam, the carrier’s CEO, offered his comments, which were quoted by the outlet. “As it is a fresh incident, we have not been able to determine the cause. As I said, it is a brand new airplane with no technical remarks, flown by a senior pilot and there is no cause that we can attribute at this time,” he said.
According to the BBC, the pilot has been publicly named as Yared Getachew, who was a senior pilot with Ethiopian.
The 157 persons onboard came from an array of nations, with Ethiopia, Kenya, China, Italy, Canada and the United States all confirming that their citizens were among the victims of the crash.
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