…As Boeing Expresses Sadness Over Crash
Ethiopian Airlines B737-800 series, flight number ET 302 with 149 passengers and eight crew flying from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, today crashed around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit)
According to the airline, the aircraft B-737-800MAX with registration number ET- AVJ took off at 08:38 am local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08:44am.
The airline added that at this time search and rescue operations are in progress and that it has not been able to confirm if there are survivors.
“ We have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible causalities,” the airline said
Ethiopian Airlines staff, the carrier stated in a statement would be sent to the accident scene and would do everything possible to assist the emergency services.
According to the airline, “It is believed that there were 149 passengers and 8 crew onboard the flight but we are currently confirming the details of the passenger manifest for the flight. Ethiopian Airlines is establishing a passenger information centre and telephone number will be available shortly for family or friends of those who may have been on flight ET 302/10 March.”
Ethiopian Airlines stated that it would release further information as soon as it is available and that updated information would also be on airline’s website at www.ethiopianairlines.com
Meanwhile, aircraft manufacturing giant and maker of the accident airplane Boeing has expressed sadness over the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
Its sadness was expressed in a statement on its website with the heading, “Boeing Statement on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302”
Boeing is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a 737 MAX 8 airplane. 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. A Boeing technical team is prepared to provide technical assistance at the request and under the direction of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board,” Boeing said.
Below is the Manifest