An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed Sunday morning en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, killing all 157 passengers and eight crew on board.
According to Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest carrier, the pilot reported difficulties and asked for permission to turn back. The plane had taken off at 5:38 GMT from Bole International Airport and “lost contact” six minutes later. The impact happened at high speed. There was a massive crater at the crash site, with belongings and airplane parts scattered widely. Rescue crews were retrieving human remains from the wreckage.The Boeing came down near the village of Tulu Fara outside Bishoftu. The weather in the capital was clear and the Boeing plane was delivered to Ethiopia last year.
Site of the plane crash
Boeing said Sunday it was "deeply saddened" about the deaths of all 157 people aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and would provide technical assistance to find out why its aircraft crashed. The airline has not provided information on passengers' nationalities but there are reports people from 33 countries were on board. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office tweeted it “would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones.” The Boeing 737-800MAX is the same type of plane as the Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed last October, minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.