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A Boeing 737 MAX 8 of Ethiopian crashed

LAST UPDATE : 21/03/2018 20:06Z

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Flight ET302 operated by a Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed on its way to Nairobi.

The plane, registered ET-AVJ, 4 months old was heading from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, just took off when the plane crashed this morning at around 05:44 UTC, near to Bishoftu, 62 kms away from Addis Ababa.

The news was announced 2 hours later by the office of the Prime Minister via Twitter :

Pictures from the location (via Reuters) :

The crew requested to come back to Addis Ababa Airport, and was accepted by Ethiopian air traffic control, due to problems with the aircraft, said Ethiopian Airlines CEO.

157 people of 33 nationalities were on board, no one survived to the crash.

Release of all nationalities on board.

Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs affirm there was no Dutch person on board.

It is the 2nd crash of this type in less than 6 months, the previous one was the flight JT610, which just departed from Jakarta, requested to land, but crashed into the sea.

The last accident of Ethiopian Airlines was in Janaury 2010, when 90 people died when departing from Beirut in a Boeing 737-800.

More info about Ethiopian Airlines accidents & incidents :

Ethiopian Airlines statements:

Ethiopian Airlines regrets to confirm that its flight ET 302/10 March in schedule service from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit).  The aircraft B-737-800MAX with registration number ET- AVJ took off at 08:38 am local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08:44am. At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible causalities. Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services.  It is believed that there were 149 passengers and 8 crew onboard the flight but we are currently confirming the details of the passenger manifest for the flight.  Ethiopian Airlines is establishing a passenger information center and telephone number will be available shortly for family or friends of those who may have been on flight ET 302/10 March.

Boeing statements :

FAA statement :

ADS-B data owned by Flightradar24

Update : Civil Aviation Administration of China requested to Chinese Airlines to ground all their MAX, which includes :

Air China (15), China Eastern (13), China Southern (16), Hainan (7), Shandong Airlines (6), Shenzhen Airlines (5), Xiamen Air (9), CAAC also banned MAX flights in China.

Ethiopian decided yesterday to ground its 4 MAX 8 remaining.

Cayman Airways suspended flights on their 2 MAX aircraft.

Boeing also postponed 777X rollout, expected on 13 March.

The Ethiopian state television announced that one of the black boxes have been recovered at the crash site. At the beginning of the gathering there has been a minute of silence.

Shortly after the announcement of the state television, the airline announced that both the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder have been recovered.

Royal Air Maroc grounded 2 B737 MAX 8 and Mongolian grounded its only 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

Lion Air grounded its 10 737 MAX 8 & Garuda Indonesia its only 737 MAX 8 due to Indonesian authorities request, banning flights with MAX.

Icelandair; Turkish Airlines; S7; Southwest; American Airlines; TUI Group and Air Italy have stated they are communicating with Boeing but have not grounded this type of aircraft.

When the stock exchange opened this morning a fall of 11% was made. The stock price has climbed up from its open price to an overall fall of 6.51% from last night’s close.

Comair Limited, flying for British Airways, grounded its only Boeing 737 MAX 8.

Aerolinas Argentinas grounded its 6 MAX and GOL its 7 MAX.

Aeromexico also announced to ground 6 MAX, while Slik Air ground the same amount of aircraft due to Singaporean authorities, banning all MAX flights, which also impacts Chinese Airlines (already grounded) and Thai Lion Air.

Australia banned MAX flights, only operated by Fiji Airways and SilkAir in Australia, but Fiji was not yet banned.

UK Airspace has been closed to Boeing 737 MAX 8, TUI Airways grounded its 6 MAX 8.

TUI Group reacted by grounding their 4 MAX in Belgium, 3 in The Netherlands and 2 at TUI Nordic. Norwegian also suspended flights on its 21 MAX. Icelandair grounded its 3 MAX 8.

Germany and the Republic of Ireland also closed their airspace to MAX.

Turkish Airlines MAX are heading to Istanbul, to be grounded (21), after Turkish Civil Aviation request.

French airspace has been closed to Boeing 737 MAX 8.

Dutch and Austrian airspaces have been closed to Boeing 737 MAX 8.

LOT Polish Airlines grounded its 5 Boeing 737 MAX 8, while Poland airspace is closed for MAX, affecting 2 MAX of Enter Air.

Italy is also closing its airspace, including Air Italy, with 3 MAX.

Belgium closes its airspace to MAX, without any significative effect, because the MAX of TUI BE were already grounded.

EASA suspended all flights with MAX through Europe, including Smartwings with 7 MAX 8 as from 12/03/2019 at 19:00UTC.

India suspends all flights with MAX, including 5 of Jet Airways already grounded and 13 of SpiceJet, and the Indian airspace.

Following GCAA advice, flydubai grounded 13 Boeing 737 MAX, including 11 MAX 8 and 2 MAX 9.

Our Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft have been grounded following the directive issued by the General Civil Aviation…

Posted by flydubai on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Sunwing Airlines is the first Canadian airline to ground its 4 Boeing 737 MAX 8.

Hong Kong also banned MAX in its airspace, as well as Lebanon, Fiji, New Zealand & Egypt, including Fiji Airways with its 2 MAX.

Norwegian wants to get compensation, due to airline financial situation.

Canada closed its airspace to Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9, grounding Westjet with 13 MAX and Air Canada with 24 aircraft.

2 Boeing 737 MAX 8 US pilots reported nosedives after engaging autopilot, according to NASA database but quickly recovered by disengaging autopilot.

FAA decided to ground all MAX of USA, including 34 MAX 8 of Southwest, 24 MAX 8 of American, 14 MAX 9 of United.

Copa Airlines also announced to ground its 6 Boeing 737 MAX 9.

Boeing suspended global operations on Boeing 737 MAX.

ET302 blackboxes are being sent to Paris, France for BEA, which will analyse data.

Ryanair hasn’t canceled its order of MAX 8, and has added new orders. Michael O’Leary said he “wouldn’t take any action at the moment”.

Boeing also ceased to delivery current Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 for the time being.

Ethiopian Minister of Transportation says there are clear similarities between this accident and JT610 of Lion Air, which happened 4 months ago.

The French BEA compared both of the last MAX crashes FDR and found the same angles of attack before the fatal moments.

“During the verification process of the FDR (flight data recorder) data, clear similarities were noted by the investigation team between Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air Flight 610, which will be the subject of further study during the investigation.”

French BEA (Bureau d’Enquêtes Aéronautique or Aeronautical Investigations Office)

Thibault Lapers

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