An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 has crashed enroute from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, with no survivors among the 157 people onboard.
Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed that there are no survivors from flight ET302, which crashed on March 10 with 149 passengers and eight crew onboard.
“The group CEO who is at the accident scene right now regrets to confirm that there are no survivors,” Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement.
“He expresses his profound sympathy and condolences to the families and loved ones of passengers and crew who lost their lives in this tragic accident.”
Flight ET302 was operating a scheduled flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, when it crashed near to Bishoftu in Ethiopia.
“The aircraft Boeing 737-800MAX, with registration number ET- AVJ, took off at 08:38am local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08:44am.
“At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible causalities. Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services,” Ethiopian had said in an earlier statement.
Boeing said in a statement on Twitter that it is “aware of reports of an airplane accident and is monitoring the situation.”
In a statement released to social media site Twitter, the Ethiopian prime minister’s office said: “The office of the PM [prime minister], 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 on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.”
Flight Safety Foundation’s Aviation Safety Network identifies the aircraft as serial number 62450, a CFM LEAP-1B-powered Boeing 737 MAX 8.
Aviation Safety Network’s preliminary report said that the aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff, with no survivors reported.
“The aircraft took off from runway 27R at Bole Airport at 05:38 UTC (08:38 local time). The airline reports that contact was lost at 08:44 local time.
“Weather at the time of the accident was fine with a visibility of 10+ km, few clouds at 2500 feet,” Aviation Safety Network said.
The aircraft is one of Ethiopian’s five 737-8s. It was the forth -8 delivered to the airline and was handed over on Nov. 15, 2018. The aircraft has been in service since Nov. 17. when it made its first revenue flight to Dubai.
Ethiopian is one of the largest airlines in Africa and one of the few operating a hub connecting intra-African markets to its extensive long-haul network.
The airline operates 23 Boeing 737s, ten A350s, five 767-300ERs, 19 777s (among them four -300ERs) and 22 787s.
In addition to the five 737-8s it already operated, Ethiopian had placed an order for 25 more.
The airline also has 13 Airbus A350-900s, two 787-9s, one 777F and ten Bombardier Q400s on firm order, according to the Aviation Week Network Fleet Discovery database.
The accident is the second of a 737-8 in just over four months following the Oct. 29, 2018 Lion Air crash near Jakarta.
The Lion Air aircraft registered PK-LQP had been delivered to Lion Air two months before the crash.
All 189 people on board were killed when the aircraft impacted with the sea around 13 minutes after take-off.