ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – An Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed and crashed shortly after departure from the country's capital. He made a cut in the earth and spread the mourning worldwide to 35 countries that had someone among the 157 people killed
There was no immediate indication as to why the plane in clear weather during a flight to Nairobi, the capital of the neighboring Kenya, has dropped. The crash was strikingly similar to a Lion Air jet, which crashed into the sea shortly before the launch off Indonesia last year, killing 189 people. Both accidents involved the Boeing 737 Max 8.
The crash shook more than two years of relative calm in the African sky, where traveling had long been chaotic. It was also a heavy blow to the state-owned Ethiopian Airlines, which has become the largest and best-run airline on the continent, making Addis Ababa the gateway to Africa.
"Ethiopian Airlines is one of the world's safest airlines, and we can not rule anything out at this point," said CEO Tewolde Gebremariam to reporters. He visited the crash site and stood in the gaping crater full of rubble.
Black body bags were spread nearby as the Red Cross and other workers searched for leftovers. As the sun went down, the airline's chief operating officer said the plane's flight data recorder had not been found yet.
Families around the world were gripped by grief. At the Addis Ababa airport, a woman called a mobile phone number in vain. "Where are you, son?" she said in tears. Others cried as they approached the terminal.
Henom Esayas, whose Nigerian husband was murdered by his sister, told The Associated Press that they were amazed when a stranger took their desperate calls to his mobile phone and said he had found it in the rubble and switched it off immediately.
Shocked United Nations leaders, the UN Refugee Agency and the World Food Program announced that colleagues were on the plane. The US Migration Agency estimates that around 1
The Addis Ababa-Nairobi route connects the two largest economic powers of East Africa. Sunburnt travelers and tour groups crowd the waiting areas of Addis Ababa airport with business people from China, the Gulf states and other countries.
Ethiopian Airlines released dead people included passengers from China, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Israel, India and Somalia. Kenya has lost 32 citizens. Canada, 18. Several countries, including the United States, lost four or more people.
Ethiopian officials declared a day of mourning on Monday.
At the airport of Nairobi the hopes of the relatives clouded. "I just pray that he's safe or he was not there," said Agnes Muilu, who had come to pick up her brother.
The crash is likely to renew the questions about the 737 Max, the latest version of Boeing's popular, single-aisle airliner that was first introduced in 1967 and has become the world's most popular passenger aircraft.
Indonesian investigators have identified no cause for the crash in October, but a few days after the accident, Boeing sent incorrect information to airlines. A sensor could cause the plane to automatically nose down.
The Lion Air Cockpit data logger showed that the aircraft's airspeed indicator had malfunctioned in the last four flights, even though the airline initially resolved issues.
Security experts warned against making too many comparisons between the two crashes until more is known about Sunday's disaster.
Ethiopian Airlines CEO said there were no shortcomings before the flight See parallels to the Lion Air crash, "said Harro Ranter, founder of the Aviation Safety Network, which compiles information on accidents worldwide.
Ethiopian aircraft was new and was delivered to the airline in November 2011. The Boeing 737 Max 8 was one of 30 aircraft, Boeing said in July .The last maintenance of the aircraft took place on February 4 and had flown only 1,200 hours.
The plane crashed six minutes after departure and landed in Hejere near Bishoftu or Debre Zeit, about 50 kilometers outside of Addis Ababa, at 8:44.
The jet showed an unstable vertical speed after launch, said Air Traffic Monitor Flightradar 24. The senior Ethiopian pilot, who joined the airline in 2010, sent an emergency call and was given permission to fly to the airport ckzukehren, the CEO of the airline told reporters said.
In the US, the Federal Aviation Administration said it would join the National Transportation Safety Board in assisting the Ethiopian authorities in investigating the crash. Boeing planned to send a technical team to Ethiopia.
The last fatal crash of Ethiopian Airlines passenger flights took place in 2010, when an airplane crashed a few minutes after the launch of Beirut and all 90 people died on board.
African air Travel has improved in recent years, and the International Air Transport Association has noted "two years without fatalities on all types of aircraft" in November.
The crash on Sunday comes when reformist young Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has opened the airline and other sectors to build foreign investment in a major transformation of the state-centered economy.
At the opening of a new passenger terminal in Addis Ababa in January, when capacity was tripled, the prime minister called on the airline to build an airline New Airport City terminal in Bishoftu – where the crash on Sunday took place ,
Yidnek reports from Bishoftu, Ethiopia.
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