There were no survivors in two separate plane crashes, involving an Ethiopian Airline and a Laser Aeroe plane. A total of 149 passengers and eight crew all died as, an Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly after take – off from Addis Ababa, killing all on board.
The 157 individuals who were believed to be on flight ET302 from the Ethiopian capital to Nairobi in Kenya, according to the airline are made up of 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, eight Americans and seven British nationals were among the passengers. Meanwhile, China’s state media has confirmed that eight of the passengers were Chinese.
Although the cause of the crash is unclear, it is said to have happened at 08.44 local time, six minutes after the months – old Boeing 737 Max – 8 took off.
An eyewitness at the scene has told the BBC there was an intense fire as the aircraft hit the ground. “The blast and the fire were so strong that we couldn’t get near it,” he said. “Everything is burnt down. There are four helicopters at the scene now.” – eyewitness account to BBC.
Boeing said it was “deeply saddened” by the crash and offered to send a team to provide technical assistance.
This was the tweet of the Prime Minister of Ethiopai, Abiy Ahmed, following the crash: “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 on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.”
The 737 Max-8 aircraft is relatively new to the skies, having been launched in 2016. It was added to the Ethiopian Airlines fleet in July last year.
In a related development, another plane has crashed in the central Colombia, killing all 12 people on board, Aviation authorities say. The pilot of the Douglas DC – 3 – twin engine propeller plane reported technical problems before it lost contact and crashed South – East of the town of Villavicencio.
Aviation authorities are yet to identify the the dead who were in the Laser Aereo plane which was en route to Villavicencio from Taraira. Aeronautica Civil has so far given no details on the cause of the crash but has discovered wreckage an hour after the air traffic control lost contact. The he Douglas DC – 3 aircraft was first built in the 1930s and can seat 30.