Crash of airplane in Ethiopia with 157 people on board – what we know

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — An Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on Sunday near the Ethiopian capital killing 157 people, the airline informs. According to Ethiopian Airlines, among the victims are nationals of 35 countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, Canada, France, the United States, China, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Russia.

An Ethiopian Airlines plane carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members crashed on Sunday near the town of Bishoftu, 62 kilometers from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa , confirmed the airline. There are no survivors. This flight connected Addis Ababa to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.

According to the airline, are among the victims of the nationals of 35 countries.

In addition to citizens from Kenya and Ethiopia, 18 Canadians, eight Americans, eight Italians, seven French, seven British, three Russians and one Belgian were aboard Boeing 737 MAX 8 of Ethiopian Airlines, which crashed this morning. Sunday near Addis Ababa, said the CEO of the airline during a press conference.

The wife and son of a Slovak politician was reportedly on board the plane, the Slovak newspaper Pravda reported without revealing any names.

Expressing condolences to the families of the victims, Ethiopian Airlines published a photo showing the scene of the disaster.

A video showing the scene of the disaster was made public by Kenya’s KTN.

The flightradar24 site claims to have recorded an “unstable” vertical speed after the aircraft took off.

According to The Planespotters, database of fleets of civil aircraft, the airline did not receive this Boeing 737 MAX 8 until last November.

The airline’s CEO, quoted by Reuters, said the plane “has no known technical problems.” The airline’s CEO, quoted by Reuters, said the plane “has no known technical problems.” He recalled, however, that six minutes after take-off, the pilot informed the air traffic controllers that he was facing “difficulties”.

In a statement quoted by AFP, the aircraft manufacturer Boeing declared “deeply saddened” by this disaster.

“Boeing is deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of the passengers and crew of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 (performed by the 737 MAX 8 aircraft),” reads the report.

The Office of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia offered his condolences to the families of the victims via Twitter.

“The Prime Minister’s Office, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, expresses its deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones this morning in the flight of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 to Nairobi.”

The Russian President also extended his condolences to the President and Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

“Please convey my feelings of compassion and support to the families and loved ones of the victims,” ​​reads the statement on the Kremlin website.

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent “its sincere condolences to the families and relatives of the victims of this tragedy”.

According to the Associated Press, participants in the United Nations Environment Assembly scheduled for March 11 in Nairobi have been on board. Emmanuel Macron and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres must participate.

As a reminder, this is the same model aircraft that Lion Air company that crashed on October 29 in the Java Sea. None of the 189 people on board had survived the disaster. In late December, The Wall Street Journal, referring to its sources close to the survey, said the incorrect calibration of a speed sensor during maintenance would have been the cause of the fall of this Boeing 737 MAX 8.

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