An Ethiopian Airlines has crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa. The incident killed all 149 passengers and eight crew members onboard. The plane was on its way to Nairobi in Kenya from Addis Ababa when it crashed six minutes after takeoff early on Sunday. It said 159 people died including 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, eight Americans, and 7 British nationals. The crash happened at 08:44 local time, 6 minutes after the months-old Boeing 737 Max-8 took off. The cause has not yet been determined. It lost contact with the control room 6 minutes after the take-off. Crashed in Bishoftu -39 miles southeast to its departure city. The Boeing 737 Max-8 was a brand new airline that registered last year.
In last October a Lion airplane(same model of Boeing 737 Max-8) crashed into the sea near Indonesia killing all 189 on board. So Ethiopian airlines have suspended the use of Boeing 737 Max-8 jets along with its route to China and Cayman Islands.
“At this stage, we cannot rule out anything,” Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told reporters at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.
“We cannot also attribute the cause to anything because we will have to comply with the international regulation to wait for the investigation.”
The first word of the crash came when Prime minister Abiy Ahmed expressed his “deepest condolences” on Twitter.