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Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 Crashes En Route to Nairobi

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 10 March 2019 – Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed that its flight ET 302/10 March in schedule service from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit). 

All 149 passengers and 8 crew members died in the accident. The victims were of 35 Nationalities.

The aircraft, a Boing-737-800MAX with registration number ET- AVJ took off at 08:38 am local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08:44 am.

The Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines who had traveled to the scene of the crash earier tday remarked, “It is too early to speculate the cause of the accident and further investigation will be carried out to determine the cause of the accident in collaboration with all stakeholders including the aircraft manufacturer Boeing, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and other international entities to maintain the international standard and information will be provided once the cause is identified. Ethiopian Airlines will provide all the necessary support to the families of the victims.”

A senior captain named Yared Getachew with over 8000 cumulative flight hours and a commendable performance record was commanding the flight, along with first officer Ahmed Nur Mohammod Nur who had over 200 flight hours.

The crashed B-737-800MAX aeroplane, which flew back to Addis from Johannesburg this morning to its flight bound to Nairobi, had undergone rigorous first check maintenance on February 04, 2019. 

A committee comprising of Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, and Ethiopian Transport Authority has been set up to carry out the investigations. Once the identities of the deceased are identified, their bodies will be delivered to their families and loved ones.

Ethiopian Airlines Group has expressed its profound sorrow and deepest condolences to the families of the victims and their loved ones on the tragic plane accident.

Ethiopian Airlines will release further information as soon as it is available. Updated information will also be on Ethiopian Airlines website at www.ethiopianairlines.com 

For enquiries refer to the following numbers for more information:

Airport Emergency hotline :
+251-11 5 17 89 45
+251-11 5 17 47 35

General information:
+251-11 5 17 89 45
+251-11 5 17 89 87
+251-11 5 17 82 31
+251-11 5 17 85 58

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