ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed on Sunday morning shortly after takeoff from the Ethiopian capital, killing all 157 people aboard Addis Ababa and the Nairobi target.
It was not immediately clear what crashed the Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft, which was new and delivered to the airline in November.
Ethiopian Airlines, widely regarded as Africa's best-managed airline, describes itself as the largest airline in Africa and aims to become the gateway to the continent six minutes after leaving Addis Ababa on the way crashed into the capital of Kenya. The crash occurred around Bishoftu or Debre Zeit, about 50 kilometers south of Addis Ababa, at 8:44
. The airline later released a photo that appeared to show its CEO in the wreckage. In the freshly whirled earth, there was little to see under a blue sky.
"Tewolde Gebremariam, who is now at the scene of the accident, regrets to confirm that there are no survivors," the Post said on social media. "He expresses his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families and relatives of passengers and crew who died in this tragic accident."
The aircraft had shown unstable vertical speed after takeoff, the flight traffic monitor Flightradar 24 said in a Twitter post. The view was clear.
The state broadcaster EBC reported that all passengers are dead and 33 nationalities. An Ethiopian Airlines spokesman said 32 Kenyans and 1
The office of the Ethiopian Prime Minister expressed his "deepest condolences" to the families.
The Addis Ababa-Nairobi route connects the two largest economic powers of East Africa with tourists who make their way to safaris and other destinations. Sunburnt travelers and groups crowd in the waiting areas of Addis Ababa airport with businessmen from China and elsewhere.
Concerned families gathered at the airport in Nairobi.
"I came to the airport to meet my brother, but I told them there was a problem," Agnes Muilu said. "I just pray that he is safe or he was not there."
"Why are they bringing us around and it's all over the news that the plane has crashed," said Edwin Ong undi, who had been waiting for his sister. "We only ask for information about her fate."
Kenyan Transport Minister James Macharia told reporters that the authorities had not yet received the passenger manifest. He said an emergency response had been set up for family and friends.
"My prayers go to all families and staff on board," said Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Records show that the aircraft was new. The Planespotters civil aviation database shows that the Boeing 737-8 MAX was delivered to Ethiopian Airlines in mid-November.
In a statement, Boeing said it was "deeply distressed" to hear about the crash and a technical team was ready
In October, another Boeing 737-8 MAX crashed out of Indonesian just minutes after launch Capital Jakarta in the Java Sea and killed all 189 people aboard the aircraft Lion Air flight. The data recorder in the cockpit showed that the aircraft's airspeed indicator had malfunctioned on its last four flights, although Lion Air initially claimed that problems with the aircraft had been resolved.
The Ethiopian Airlines' last fatal crash occurred in 2010 The plane crashed minutes from Beirut's departure, killing all 90 people aboard.
The crash on Sunday comes when the country's reformist prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has vowed to open the airline and other sectors for foreign investment in a major transformation of the country's state-centered economy.
Ethiopian Airlines expanded vigorously, recently opened a route to Moscow and opened in January a new passenger terminal in Addis Ababa with a tripling of capacity.
At its opening, the Prime Minister challenged the airline
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