A new Boeing 737-8 MAX airplane from Ethiopia crashed immediately after takeoff on March 10, 2019. Onboard were eight Americans.
Before the crash, the pilot sent a distress call and received clearance to return to Bole International Airport.
At 8:44 a.m. EDT the plane lost contact, six minutes after the airplane took off. The Ethiopian flight was scheduled to fly from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya.
The airline stated that eight crew members and 149 passengers were on the airplane at the time of the crash. The passengers were from over 30 different countries including seven from the UK, seven from France, 32 Kenyans, eight Italians, nine Ethiopians, and 18 Canadians.
Anton Hrnko, a Slovakian politician, reported his son Martin, daughter Michael, and wife Blanka was on the airplane.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from Israel confirmed two victims were from Israel.
The Tamarind Group, which operates and owns multiple restaurants across Africa wrote on their Facebook that the company’s CEO Jonathan Seex was on the airplane.
It is believed that four passengers, who had United Nations passports, were scheduled to attend on March 11 a UN environmental conference in Nairobi.
Capt. Yared Getachem, the senior pilot, had an excellent reputation and had flown over 8,000 hours. Ahmed Nur Mohammad Nur, his first officer, flew in the air for 200 hours.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed went to the crash site and expressed his sadness due to the lives lost. He prayed for healing to family and friends of the victims. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta tweeted his prayers go out to all those who have lost loved ones.
Written by Barbara Sobel
The Washington Post: Ethiopian Airlines flight bound for Nairobi crashes, all 157 on board killed
New York Post: 8 Americans among 157 killed in Ethiopian Airplane crash
CNN: Ethiopian Airlines plane crash
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