Plane Crash in Ethiopia – level 3

18-03-2019 07:00

Last Sunday, Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 went down shortly after take-off when it left from Addis Ababa (the capital of Ethiopia) to Nairobi (the capital of Kenya).

The airline said that the pilot reported difficulties and asked to return to Addis Ababa before the crash.

A total of 157 people were on board – 8 crew and 149 passengers of more than 30 nationalities. No one survived the crash. It is not yet clear what caused the Ethiopian Airlines plane to go down in clear weather but an investigation has begun. The following day after the crash, the airline announced that flight records were found.

The tragedy is similar to Lion Air flight that crashed in the Java Sea last year. Both airliners were Boeing 737 Max-8 planes, and both crashed shortly after take-off.

At least 40 countries, including all EU member states, China, India and Ethiopia have suspended flights of the -Boeing 737 Max-8 due to safety concerns.

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