March 10 : An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 heading to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi on Sunday has crashed near Addis Ababa, killing all 157 on-board.
Boeing 737-800MAX took off at 8.38 am local time from Addis Ababa and lost contact at 8.44 am. Search and rescue operation is in progress.
Ethiopian Airlines has issued a statement, “It is believed that there were 149 passengers and 8 crew onboard the flight but we are currently confirming the details.”
“The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning,” the office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Twitter.
A statement by the airline said 149 passengers and eight crew members were on board the plane when it crashed.
The Ethiopian Airlines is Africa’s largest carrier.