Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashes with 157 people on board

Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashes with 157 people on board

Reuters reports Chinese airlines have ninety-six 737 Max 8 jets in service across multiple airlines. The airline and airport have set up a number of emergency hotlines to provide information about the accident.

Investigators say that the pilots of the 737 Max-8 aircraft have been struggling with a new feature of the aircraft, which is an automated system created to keep the plane from stalling. The plane plowed into the ground at Hejere near Bishoftu.

A plane belonging to Ethiopia Airlines has crashed near the capital of Addis Ababa.

Ethiopian Airlines is the continent's largest airline in terms of destinations and passengers served, according to the Washington Post.

The flight had unstable vertical speed after take off, the flight tracking website Flightradar24 tweeted.

Tragically, all 157 people on board Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 were killed on Sunday. Three Austrian physicians, the co-founder of an worldwide aid organization, and the former secretary general of the Football Kenya Federation were among those on board, the AP reported. The U.N. flag at the event flew at half-staff.

Shocked leaders of the United Nations, the U.N. refugee agency and the World Food Program announced that colleagues had been on the plane.

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It added that a passenger information center and hotline "will be available shortly for family or friends of those who may have been on flight". "May the Almighty Allah give them strength and fortitude to bear the loss".

"We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board and stand ready to support the Ethiopian Airlines team", the company said. "He was given clearance to return to Addis (Ababa)", Gebremariam said.

At the crash site, the impact caused the plane to shatter into small pieces. That jet similarly went down just minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia. The cockpit data recorder showed that the jet's airspeed indicator had malfunctioned on its last four flights, though Lion Air initially claimed that problems with the aircraft had been fixed.

The cause of the crash remained unknown on Sunday morning. CS James Macharia said a team led by Principal Secretary Esther Koimett has been sent to Ethiopia. The Lebanese blamed pilot error, which was disputed by the airline.

They said investigators would examine the wreckage and bodies for any signs of burns or unusual forces and study the shape and size of the wreckage field.

The Ethiopian government expressed its "deepest condolences to the families", the office of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who first broke the news of the crash, said on Twitter.

"This is the second major, fatal accident involving the Boeing 737 MAX 8 in less than five months, including October's Lion Air crash", Macheras told DW. We have removed the photo and corresponding caption.

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