All 157 people on board crashed Ethiopian plane confirmed dead

Sergio Conner
March 14, 2019

Operation of the model will only resume after "confirming the relevant measures to effectively ensure flight safety", the administration said in a statement.

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

The plane is the latest version of the 737 family, the world's best selling modern passenger aircraft and one of the industry's most reliable.

Both Addis Ababa and Nairobi are major hubs for humanitarian workers, and some had been on their way to a large United Nations environmental conference set to begin Monday in Nairobi.

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. "She's not picking up her phone", said Wendy Otieno, clutching her phone and weeping. It has flown more than 1,200 hours.

Addis Ababa - Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 bound for Nairobi crashed on Sunday left without survivors, all 149 passengers and 8 cabin crew on board confirmed dead.

Seven British nationals were on board as well as 18 Canadians and eight US citizens.

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Ethiopian is one of the biggest carriers on the continent by fleet size.

The Swedish-based flight tracking organisation said on its Twitter feed: "Data from Flightradar24 ADS-B network show that vertical speed was unstable after take off".

The Boeing 737 plane took off from Addis Ababa at 8:38 AM local time, and crashed shortly after at 8:44 AM.

Boeing said it was sending a technical team to help with the Ethiopian-led investigation.

Its last major crash was in January 2010, when a flight from Beirut went down shortly after take-off, killing all 90 people onboard.

GebreMariam also confirmed the company owns 6 other 737 Max 8 aircraft which are in service.

The factory delivered its first MAX 8 plane to Air China in December.

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