157 perish in Ethiopian Airlines flight crash

An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX, the same aircraft that crashed in Ethiopia on Sunday, is seen at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa when it was first delivered to the airline on July 2, 2018. Flight number ET 302 crashed six minutes after takeoff from the airport. Photo by EPA

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, March 10, 2019 (UPI) — An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed six minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 aboard, the airline said Sunday.

Flight ET 302, went down near Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, after departing Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital, the airline posted on Twitter.

The plane, with a crew of eight and 149 passengers, was headed to Nairobi, Kenya, when it crashed at 8:44 a.m. local time.

The Ethiopian government also confirmed the crash, posting on Twitter: “the Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express it’s deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones.”

The airline, which was founded in 1945, has 110 aircraft in its fleet, including 28 737’s, according to Planespotters. Its four Super MAX 8 planes were delivered in 2018, including the jet that crashed in November.

Another 737 MAX 8 crashed soon after takeoff in 2018, killing all 189 aboard the Indonesian Lion Air jet.

But the crashes were different.


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