Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

All 157 people on board crashed Ethiopian plane confirmed dead

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Kelvin Reese | 11 March, 2019, 14:29

Ethiopian Airlines was using five new 737 Max 8 planes and was awaiting delivery of 25 more. Eight Chinese passengers were on board, said Li Liang, spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy to Ethiopia.

The flight's pilot, a Canadian-European man, had been with the company since July 2010 and had more than 8,000 hours under his belt, Gebremariam said.

"He conveys his heartfelt sympathies and solidarity to the victims' families and loved ones, including those of United Nations staff members, as well as honest condolences to the government and people of Ethiopia", the statement said. However, there is no confirmation about survivors or casualties.

Earlier, Ethiopian Airlines issued a statement confirming that the flight has crashed with 149 passengers and eight crew members on board.

Seven British passengers and one from Ireland were among 157 people killed when an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed just after take-off.

The Office of Ethiopia's Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed condoled with families of those that could have lost their lives in the incident.

The airline said in the statement that search and rescue operations were underway near the crash site around the town of Bishoftu.

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"The aircraft took off at 8.38am from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 8.44am".

In a short statement posted on Twitter, Boeing Airplanes said it "is aware of reports of an airplane accident and is closely monitoring the situation".

The cause of the crash of the new Boeing 737-8 MAX plane is not immediately known.

Ethiopian Airlines is one of the continent's biggest carriers with ambitions to becoming the gateway to Africa.

Garuda Indonesia has one Boeing 737 MAX 8 while Lion Air has 14 Boeing 737 MAX series aircraft, including the MAX 8 that crashed previous year.

Lion Air has ordered 201 of the MAX series and Boeing has delivered 14 of them since 2017.

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