The whole country of Ethiopia is saddened by a catastrophic accident that involved a Four months old Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 Max with registration ET-AVJ which occurred this morning of Sunday 10, March 2019 around Bishoftu, a town located at some 60km southeast of Addi Ababa. The aircraft took off from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport at 8:38 am local time heading to Nairobi in Kenya,according to the airline’s press statement the aircraft lost contact with the control tower at exactly 8:44 am.The newest version of B737 family was reported to have 149 passengers and 8 crew members on board but no information has not yet been confirmed about survivors or any possible casualties,but search and rescue operations are in progress,the airline’s statement said.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office tweeted that”It 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 flights to Nairobi , Kenya this morning”
The ET Boeing 737-800 Max is the same type of plane that was recently involved the Indonesian’s Lion Air that crashed on OCtober 13, few minutes after take off from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.
This is not the first Ethiopian’s Boeing 737-800 to be involved in an accident, as the last major accident was an explosion of the B737-800 that occurred after take off from Lebanon in 2010 killing 83 passengers and seven crew members on board.
Cover Photo:Du Ramp