AN Ethiopian Airlines flight sure for Nairobi crashed this morning just six minutes after takeoff, killing everybody onboard.
The flight got here down – just after departing Addis Ababa – carrying 149 passengers from 33 nations and eight crew members.
The fatalities on the Boeing 737 Max had been confirmed by the Ethiopian prime minister’s workplace this morning, with the Ethiopia State Broadcaster confirming there have been no survivors.
A tearful girl was pictured on the airport in Nairobi ready for information of her fiance, who was onboard the tragic flight, as frightened people watched the knowledge board.
The Prime Minister’s workplace tweeted: “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.”
It’s not but clear why the crash occurred however it’s thought to have occurred not lengthy after takeoff.
A chilling radar map reveals the flight not removed from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, earlier than the monitoring out of the blue stops.
The jet is believed to have been delivered to the airline about 4 months in the past.
It got here down round Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, about 31 miles south of the capital metropolis.
That is the second main crash involving a Boeing 737 Max jet in lower than 5 months – with a Lion Air crash in the sea off Jakarta leaving no survivors in October.
‘NO INFORMATION ABOUT SURVIVORS’
The airline issued a press release this morning confirming the crash – saying the flight took off at 8.38am earlier than contact was misplaced at 8.44am.
It added: “Presently search and rescue operations are in progress and we have now no confirmed details about survivors or any potential casualties.
“Ethiopian Airlines employees shall be despatched to the accident scene and can do all the pieces potential to help the emergency providers,
“It is believed there were 149 passengers and 8 crew onboard the flight but we are currently confirming the details of the passenger manifest for the flight.”
The state-owned Ethiopian Airlines calls itself Africa’s largest service and has ambitions of turning into the gateway to the continent.
Its final main crash was in January 2010, when a flight from Beirut went down shortly after take-off.
The crash comes because the nation’s reformist prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, vowed to open up the airline and different sectors to overseas funding in a serious transformation of the state-centered financial system.
Addis Ababa is the most important metropolis in Ethiopia, with a 2007 census itemizing greater than 2,700,000 people residing there.
The airline charters common flights from town to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, the place this plane was travelling to earlier than it crashed.