By Gage Simpson
Owner of New Frontier News
Sunday, March 10, 2019
(NEW FRONTIER NEWS) – A plane flying from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Nairobi, Keyna crashed 6 minutes into its flight, killing all 157 on board.
The Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 had on board 157 passengers from 35 nations, including 8 Americans.
The plane was a new Boeing 737-8 MAX which had only been in service since mid-November last year.
The plane took off from Bole International Airport and contact was lost 6 minutes into the flight over the town of Bishoftu, 37 miles (59 km) away from Addis Ababa. The actual crash occurred the nearby village of Tulu Fara.
Images from the crash site show little left of the plane and a massive crater.
The cause of the crash has not been determined. Skies were reported clear when the plane sent out a distress signal and one of the pilots of on board was a seasoned pilot with over 2,000 flight hours.
The plane that crashed, a Boeing 737-8 MAX, was also the same model as Lion Air plane that crashed in October which killed 189 passengers on board that plane, which also crashed shortly after takeoff.
The plane crash may have also carried many en route to the United Nations environmental conference in Nairobi, which is set to start on Monday.
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed expressed “profound sadness” and called for an investigation of the crash.
Ethiopian Airlines sent out a statement shortly after the crash.
“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,” Ethiopian Airlines said.
“A Boeing technical team is prepared to provide technical assistance at the request and under the direction of the US National Transportation Safety Board.”
Ethiopian Airlines CEO toured the wreckage of the crash.
.:This article will be updated as more information is made available:.
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