An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed a few minutes after takeoff Sunday morning from Addis Ababa. There were 157 people onboard and it has been reported and confirmed by the airline there were no survivors. The eight crew members and 149 passengers were enroute to Nairobi, Kenya.
In a statement, the airline’s CEO expressed “profound sympathy and condolences to the families and loved ones of passengers and crew who lost their lives in this tragic accident.”
A tweet from the off of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia said, “The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express it’s deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.”
Investigators, including the NTSB, will begin searching for the cause of the crash of the Boeing 737 Max 8 plane, which was delivered to the airline in November and was new. It is reported that a Swedish flight-tracking website, flightradar24, showed the plane “had unstable vertical speed” after taking off.
The B737 Max 8 is the same type of aircraft involved in the Lion Air Crash back in October.