Ethiopian Airlines Flight carrying 157 to Nairobi Crashes

Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashes with 157 people on board

Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi crashes with 157 people on board

But Boeing said it had no reason to pull the popular aircraft from the skies. On the Lion Air flight, there were "wild fluctuations in air speed and. we continued to get data from the plane all the way down to impact". The official spoke on condition of anonymity for lack of authorization to speak to the media.

One witness told AFP the plane was on fire before crashing, and swerving erratically.

The reason for the crash is not yet known.

This is the second recent crash of the relatively new 737 MAX 8, the latest version of Boeing's workhorse narrowbody jet that first entered service in 2017.

"Ethiopian Airlines is a very, very well-run airline", said CNN anchor Richard Quest, who specializes in aviation. Several countries lost more than five citizens.

But Chicago-based Boeing said it did not intend to issue any new recommendations about the aircraft to its customers.

A statement from Boeing said the manufacturer was "deeply saddened" to learn of the disaster.

Among the airlines still using the plane are Southwest, American and Air Canada. "I just pray that he is safe or he was not on it", he said.

People from 33 countries were on board, of which 32 were Kenyans and 17 Ethiopians.

The group chief executive, Tewolde Gebremariam, visited the crash site and later confirmed that no one survived. "The parts of the plane were falling apart".

"These kinds of things take time", Kenya's transport minister, James Macharia, told reporters Monday morning. "Where are you, my son?" she said, in tears.

"Why are they taking us round and round".

Flight ET 302 crashed near the town of Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, about 50 kilometers south of the capital Addis Ababa, shortly after taking off at 8:38 am local time. Framed photos of seven crew members sat in chairs at the front of a crowded room.

The plane lost contact with the control tower six minutes after takeoff. The list reflected a broad range of backgrounds, with passengers from China, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Israel, India and Somalia.

Weeping relatives begged for information at airports in Nairobi and Addis Ababa.

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

Boeing is working on a software patch on the system, while insisting cockpit procedures were already in place to deal safely with problems the Lion Air crew experienced.

The Ethiopian plane was delivered to the airline in November. ET-AVJ had over 1,000 hours with the airline since delivery.

China is an important market for the U.S. aircraft company, accounting for about one-fifth of worldwide deliveries of Boeing 737 MAX models. The statement did not say how many planes are affected.

Sunday's crash, however, had "no fluctuations and all of the sudden transmission" ceased, he said.

Details emerged Monday about the passengers who perished.

The aircraft's manufacturer, Boeing, stated: "Boeing is aware of reports of an airplane accident and is closely monitoring the situation".

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