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Jakarta Post

No survivors in crash of flight ET302: Ethiopian Airlines

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, March 10, 2019   /   07:19 pm
No survivors in crash of flight ET302: Ethiopian Airlines Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam holds a piece of plane debris at a crash site after the crash of flight ET302 on March 10, 2019 in Bishofu, a town some 60 kilometers southeast of Addis Ababa. (Courtesy of Ethiopian Airlines/-)

Ethiopian Airlines confirmed on Sunday evening Jakarta time that there were no survivors in the crash of its flight ET302 from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to Nairobi in Kenya.

In an accident bulletin on Sunday at 1:46 p.m. Ethiopia time, the company said its CEO "deeply regrets the fatal accident". "The group CEO who is at the accident scene right now regrets to confirm that there are no survivors," the Ethiopian Airlines Twitter account said.

The country's state media, Fana Broadcasting Corporate, was quoted by Agence France-Presse (AFP) as saying that the plane, which departed the Ethiopian capital at 8:38 am, crashed minutes after takeoff, "killing all the 149 passengers and eight crew aboard".

At 6:22 p.m. Jakarta time, US company Boeing confirmed that the aircraft was a Boeing 737-MAX 8, the same aircraft that was used for Lion Air flight JT610, which crashed in Indonesia in late October. Earlier, Ethiopian Airlines said in statement that the plane was a "Boeing 737-800MAX" aircraft.

Swedish flight tracker said on its Twitter account that: "Additional data from Flightradar24 ADS-B network show that vertical speed was unstable after take off."

The plane took off at 8:38 a.m. from Bole International Airport  and "lost contact" six minutes later near Bishoftu, a town some 60 kilometers southeast of Addis Ababa by road, the company said.

An AFP reporter said 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.

Police and troops were on the scene, as well as a crash investigation team from Ethiopia's civil aviation agency. (evi)