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Ethiopian Airways: ‘No survivors’ on crashed Boeing 737

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Media captionThe BBC’s Emmanuel Igunza, on the scene, mentioned there was an enormous gap on the level of impression
An Ethiopian Airways jet has crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all on board.The airline mentioned 149 passengers and eight crew members have been on flight ET302 from the Ethiopian capital to Nairobi in Kenya.It mentioned 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, eight People and 7 British nationals have been among the many passengers.The crash occurred at 08:44 native time, six minutes after the months-old Boeing 737 Max-Eight took off.One other aircraft of the identical mannequin was concerned in a crash lower than 5 months in the past, when a Lion Air flight crashed into the ocean close to Indonesia with almost 190 folks on board.Do we all know the way it occurred?The reason for the catastrophe isn’t but clear. Nevertheless, the pilot had reported difficulties and had requested to return to Addis Ababa, the airline mentioned.”At this stage, we can’t rule out something,” Ethiopian Airways CEO Tewolde Gebremariam advised reporters at Bole Worldwide Airport in Addis Ababa.”We can’t additionally attribute the trigger to something as a result of we must adjust to the worldwide regulation to attend for the investigation.”

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The Boeing 737 Max-Eight plane that crashed on Sunday

Visibility was mentioned to be good however air site visitors monitor Flightradar24 reported that the aircraft’s “vertical pace was unstable after take-off”.An eyewitness on the scene advised the BBC there was an intense hearth because the plane hit the bottom.”The blast and the fireplace have been so robust that we could not get close to it,” he mentioned. “The whole lot is burnt down.”First phrase of the crash got here when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed expressed his “deepest condolences” on Twitter.Restoration operations have been below means close to the crash website across the city of Bishoftu, which is 60km (37 miles) south-east of the capital.The aircraft was delivered to Ethiopian Airways on 15 November final 12 months. It underwent a “rigorous first examine upkeep” on four February, the airline tweeted.

Who’re the victims?Mr Gebremariam advised the information convention that passengers from greater than 30 nations have been on board the flight.He mentioned they included 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, 9 Ethiopians, eight Italians, eight Chinese language, eight People, seven Britons, seven French residents, six Egyptians, 5 Dutch residents, 4 Indians and 4 folks from Slovakia.Slovak MP Anton Hrnko later confirmed by way of Fb that his spouse and two kids have been on the aircraft.Three Austrians, three Swedes, three Russians, two Moroccans, two Spaniards, two Poles and two Israelis have been additionally on the flight.

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Ethiopian Airways shared this picture of CEO Tewolde Gebremariam on the crash website

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Diggers have been introduced in to completely excavate the wreckage of the aircraft

There was additionally one passenger every from Belgium, Indonesia, Somalia, Norway, Serbia, Togo, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen.4 folks held United Nations passports, the airline mentioned, and it believed some passengers may have been heading to a session of the UN Setting Meeting which begins in Nairobi on Monday.The pilot was named as Senior Captain Yared Getachew who had a “commendable efficiency” with greater than 8,000 hours within the air, the airline mentioned.The aircraft’s First Officer Ahmed Nur Mohammod Nur had 200 flight hours, it added.What response has there been?Canadian International Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland mentioned the federal government was “in shut contact with Ethiopian authorities”.

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Horrible information from #AddisAbaba, #Ethiopia, this morning. My heartfelt condolences to all those that have misplaced family members. The Canadian authorities is in shut contact with Ethiopian authorities to collect extra info as rapidly as potential.— Chrystia Freeland (@cafreeland) March 10, 2019

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The British ambassador to Ethiopia, Alastair McPhail, mentioned consular workers have been “working arduous to determine the small print”.French President Emmanuel Macron expressed solidarity with the folks of Ethiopia and Kenya, tweeting: “We share their sorrow.”African Union Fee chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat expressed “utter shock and immense unhappiness” whereas Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta mentioned he was “saddened”.

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Family members ready at Jomo Kenyatta Worldwide Airport, Nairobi, have been devastated by the information

Mahboub Maalim, government secretary of the East African bloc Igad, mentioned the area was in mourning.”I can’t appear to seek out phrases comforting sufficient to the households and buddies of those that might need misplaced their lives on this tragedy,” he mentioned in an announcement.What do we all know concerning the aircraft?The 737 Max-Eight plane is comparatively new to the skies, having solely been in industrial use since 2017.Boeing mentioned it was “deeply saddened” by the crash and supplied to ship a crew to offer technical help.

Following the Lion Air crash final October, investigators mentioned the pilots had appeared to wrestle with an automatic system designed to maintain the aircraft from stalling – a brand new characteristic of the Boeing 737 Max.The anti-stalling system repeatedly compelled the aircraft’s nostril down, regardless of efforts by pilots to right this, findings recommend.
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There is no such thing as a suggestion that the Ethiopian Airways jet suffered comparable points on Sunday.What concerning the airline’s security report?Ethiopian Airways flies to many locations in Africa, making it a well-liked service in a continent the place many airways fly solely from their house nation to locations outdoors Africa. It has fame for security, though in 2010 one of many firm’s aeroplanes crashed within the Mediterranean Sea shortly after leaving Beirut.The incident killed 90 folks on board.

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Individuals monitor the arrivals board on the airport in Nairobi on Sunday morning

The airline’s highest fatalities previous to this got here in a November 1996 crash throughout a hijacking on a flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi.One of many aircraft’s engines stopped when the gas ran out and though pilots tried an emergency water touchdown, they hit a coral reef within the Indian Ocean and 123 of the 175 folks on board have been killed.Are you close to the airport or in Bishoftu? When you witnessed the crash please e-mail haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk.Please embody a contact quantity in case you are prepared to talk to a BBC journalist. You can too contact us within the following methods:
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