Ethiopian Airlines plane crash

Ethiopian Airlines plane crash

The Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed Sunday was the same Boeing 737 Max 8 model. Both crashes involved the Boeing 737 Max 8, and both happened minutes after the jets became airborne.

- May 2018: More than 100 people died when a Boeing 737 leased by the Mexican company Damojh to Cuba's national airline, Cubana, crashed shortly after taking off from Havana.

The airline said in an earlier statement that staff would "be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services".

The aircraft's manufacturer, Boeing, stated: "Boeing is aware of reports of an airplane accident and is closely monitoring the situation".

The reason for the crash is not yet known.

Ethiopian is one of the biggest carriers on the continent by fleet size. The decision was made before US investigators reached the crash site, the Journal said.

He had an "excellent flying record", according to the CEO.

The aircraft, Boeing 737-800 MAX, took off at 08:38 a.m. local time from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08:44 a.m., and crashed around Bishoftu town, some 45 km from the capital Addis Ababa, the airline said. CS James Macharia said a team led by Principal Secretary Esther Koimett has been sent to Ethiopia.

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"There are no survivors", the airline tweeted alongside a picture of Chief Executive Tewolde GebreMariam holding up a piece of debris inside a large crater at the crash site.

The incident killed all eight crew and 149 passengers on board, including tourists, business travellers and United Nations staff headed to an worldwide conference.

People from 33 countries were on board, of which 32 were Kenyans and 17 Ethiopians.

The crash shattered more than two years of relative calm in Africa, where travel had always been chaotic.

The jet's last maintenance was on February 4, and it had flown just 1,200 hours.

Boeing said it was sending a technical team to help with the Ethiopian-led investigation.

The cause of the crash Sunday remains unknown, and Ethiopian Airlines "said that there was nothing they had seen that would tell them that something was wrong with this plane", NPR's Eyder Peralta reported on All Things Considered.

The last deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane was in 2010, when the plane crashed minutes after takeoff from Beirut killing all 90 people on board.

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