Ethiopia: 157 killed in Ethiopian Airlines plane cash
An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed on Sunday, shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board.
Commercial flight ET 302 was carrying passengers from the Ethiopian capital to Kenya’s Nairobi before the aircraft plunged to the ground, roughly six minutes after take off. The cause of the crash remains unknown although comparisons are already being drawn to a recent crash in Indonesia with the same type of aircraft.
Cause of crash unknown
The vessel involved in Sunday’s crash was a new Boeing 737 Max 8 – one of the most popular commercial passenger jets around the world today and the same model involved in October’s deadly Lion Air crash that killed 189 people off the coast of Indonesia.
The incident in October was suspected to be the result of a technical malfunction designed to prevent the model stalling. While it’s too early to draw conclusions, two of the same aircraft models crashing in the space of five months is incredibly rare and the apparent similarities in the nature of both crashes have prompted some airlines to ground their 737 Max 8 jets – including Ethiopian Airlines.
The Lion Air flight also crashed minutes after takeoff, apparently nose-diving into the Java Sea.
Sunday’s flight was carrying people from at least 32 different countries. Most of the people on board were from Kenya while 22 of those on the flight were United Nations staff, travelling to an assembly of the UN Environment Programme in Nairobi.
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