By Amos Fofung
Authorities from Ethiopian Airline have confirmed that all 157 people on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight, Boeing 737, that crashed soon after taking off from Addis Ababa have been killed. The confirmed the accident Sunday morning.
The plane, lost contact at about 8:44AM local time barely 6 minutes after it took off from Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital en-route to Nairobi, Kenya.
The aircraft, flight number ET 302, went down near Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa with it occupants said to be from 35 different nationalities including 32 Kenyans, 8 Chinese,18 Canadians, 9 Ethiopians, 8 Americans, 8 Italians and 7 UK nationals were among the passengers.
Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam, told reporters at a press conference that the pilot had reported technical difficulties and asked for clearance to return to Addis Ababa.
“The pilot was a senior Ethiopian Airlines pilot who had flown more than 8,000 hours. He had an “excellent flying record,” according to the CEO
“He was given clearance to turn back”, according to GebreMariam, citing the Air Traffic Controllers record. Government authorities in Ethiopia has send out a condolence message to all families of the fatal crash announcing that investigations are ongoing.
The last major accident involving an Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane according to CNN, was in January 2010, when a flight from Beirut went down, killing 83 passengers and seven crew.