Ethiopia Airlines Updates: Boeing 737 Crash Kills at Least 150
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — An Ethiopian Airlines flight carrying more than 150 people crashed early Sunday shortly after departing from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, en route to Nairobi, Kenya, the airline said, killing everyone onboard. The plane was identified by its manufacturer, Boeing, as one of its newest models, a 737 Max 8. The cause of the crash was unclear, but a Lion Air flight using the same model of plane went down in Indonesia in October and killed 189 people.
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An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed on March 10 morning en route from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Nairobi, Kenya with 149 passengers and eight crew on board, Ethiopian Airlines said.
(Pictured) Rescuers work at the scene of an Ethiopian Airlines flight crash, south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on March 11.
Members of the search and rescue mission look on as a digger searches for dead bodies of passengers at the scene of plane crash.
Villagers stand at the scene of plane crash.
Engine parts are seen at the scene of plane crash.
Ethiopian Federal policemen stand at the scene of plane crash.
A boarding pass is seen at the scene of plane crash.
People walk past a part of the wreckage at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 10.
Greek man saved from Ethiopia crash by being late
A Greek man said on Sunday he would have been the 150th passenger on the Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines Boeing plane that crashed killing all on board, except he arrived two minutes late for the flight. "I was mad because nobody helped me to reach the gate on time," Antonis Mavropoulos said in a Facebook post entitled "My lucky day" in which he includes a photo of his ticket. Mavropoulos, president of the International Solid Waste Association, a non-profit organization, was travelling to Nairobi to attend the annual assembly of the UN Environment Programme, according to Athens News Agency. He was supposed to board the plane but he reached the departure gate just two minutes after it was closed. He booked a later flight but was then prevented from boarding by airport staff. "They led me to the police station of the airport. The officer told me not to protest but to pray to God because I was the only passenger that didn't board the ET 302 flight that was lost," Mavropoulos said in his post in which he admits being in shock.The airport authorities explained that they wanted to question him because he was the only passenger booked onto the doomed flight who wasn't on board."They said they couldn't let me go before cross-checking my identity, the reason I hadn't boarded the plane etc." The Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 crashed just minutes after an early-morning takeoff Sunday from Addis Ababa.People holding passports from more than 30 countries were on board including a number of UN workers.State-owned Ethiopian Airline had taken delivery of the Boeing 737-800 MAX plane on November 15. It was of the same type as a plane that crashed in October after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.
A man carries a piece of debris on his head at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 on March 10.
Cabin serviettes are seen at the scene of the plane crash on March 10.
Passenger Ahmed Khalid (L), who missed his Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 while connecting from Dubai, is received by his father Khalid Bzambur (R) at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on March 10, in Nairobi, Kenya.
People use their mobile phones near the flight information board displaying the details of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on March 10, in Nairobi, Kenya.
A flight information board displaying the details of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 is seen March 10.
Relatives of the victims involved in a plane crash board a bus at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, on March 10, in Nairobi, Kenya.
Wreckage lies at the scene of the crash.
Black box from crashed Ethiopian Airlines flight recovered- State TV
Black box from crashed Ethiopian Airlines flight recovered- state TV
Tractors excavate the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash on March 10.
A relative reacts as he leaves the information center following the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya March 10.
Rescue workers are seen at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, March 10.
A Kenyan woman is comforted by a Red Cross worker after getting information about her loved ones that were on board the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya, March 10.
A Red Cross team works amid debris at the crash site.
'Will call you when I land,' texted Indian Ethiopia crash victim
An Indian newly-wed who died in the Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines plane crash had texted her husband she would call him on landing, local media reported Tuesday. Shikha Garg, who was travelling to attend the annual assembly of the UN Environment Programme, had got married less than three months ago to Soumya Bhattacharya after dating for three years. Bhattacharya was also supposed to fly with her to Nairobi but a last-minute change in plans meant he stayed back in New Delhi, the mass-circulation Times of India reported. "I have boarded the flight and will call you once I land," Garg texted.
Family members of the victims react to news of the plane crash on March 10.
People walk at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash on March 10.
The CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam, looks at the wreckage of the plane that crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 10.
Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam holds a press briefing at the headquarters of Ethiopian Airlines in Addis Ababa, March 10.
A woman whose fiance was on board waits for news at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya on March 10.
GARA-BOKKA, Ethiopia (Reuters) - The Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed killing 157 people was making a strange rattling noise and trailed smoke and debris as it swerved above a field of panicked cows before hitting earth, according to witnesses.
Flight 302 took off from the Ethiopian capital on Sunday morning bound for Nairobi with passengers from more than 30 countries. All on board the Boeing 737 MAX 8 died.
Pilot of Crashed Jet Reported Flight-Control Problems
The pilot of the Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed reported that he was having flight-control problems and wanted to return to the airport, the chief executive of the airline said. In recordings of the pilot’s conversations with controllers, he didn’t indicate any external problems with the jet or the flight, like a bird collision, CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told The Wall Street Journal. Get news and analysis on politics, policy, national security and more, delivered right to your inbox The pilot “reported back to air-traffic controllers that he was having flight-control problems” and wanted to return to Addis Ababa, Mr.
The pilot had requested permission to return, saying he was having problems - but it was too late.
Half a dozen witnesses interviewed by Reuters in the farmland where the plane came down reported smoke billowing out behind, while four of them also described a loud sound.
"It was a loud rattling sound. Like straining and shaking metal," said Turn Buzuna, a 26-year-old housewife and farmer who lives about 300 meters (328 yards) from the crash site.
"Everyone says they have never heard that kind of sound from a plane and they are under a flight path," she added.
Malka Galato, 47, a barley and wheat farmer whose field the plane crashed in, also described smoke and sparks from the back. "The plane was very close to the ground and it made a turn... Cows that were grazing in the fields ran in panic," he said.
Tamirat Abera, 25, was walking past the field at the time. He said the plane turned sharply, trailing white smoke and items like clothes and papers, then crashed about 300 meters away.
"It tried to climb but it failed and went down nose first," he said. "There was fire and white smoke which then turned black."
CHILDREN'S BOOKS, PERFUME AT CRASH
As the plane had only just taken off, it was loaded with fuel.
At the site, Red Cross workers in masks sifted gently through victims' belongings. Children's books - Dr Seuss's "Oh The Thinks You Can Think" and "Anne of Green Gables" - lay near a French-English dictionary burned along one edge.
Families of Ethiopian plane disaster victims steel themselves for journey to crash site
Ethiopians clad in traditional mourning shawls and other black clothing gathered silently in a hotel conference room in Addis Ababa on Thursday, the loved ones of victims of ET Flight 302, before boarding buses headed for the crash site. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle)
}); Couples held each other, slumped forward in their chairs and gazing downwards. Some men held their heads in their hands. Women in head scarves leaned for comfort against the chests of their relatives.
© Reuters/TIKSA NEGERI Ethiopian Federal policemen stand at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu
A woman's brown handbag, the bottom burned, lay open next to an empty bottle of perfume.
The aircraft was broken into small pieces, the largest among them a wheel and a dented engine. The debris was spread over land roughly the size of two soccer fields.
Investigators found two black box recorders on Monday, which will help piece together the plane's final minutes.
"When it was hovering, fire was following its tail, then it tried to lift its nose," said another witness, Gadisa Benti. "When it passed over our house, the nose pointed down and the tail raised up. It went straight to the ground with its nose, it then exploded."
Local resident Nigusu Tesema helped gather victims' scattered identity papers to hand to police.
"We are shocked and saddened," he said.
(Additional reporting by Kumerra Gemechu and Tiksa Negeri; Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)
These men lost their wives and children in the Ethiopia plane crash. Instead of bodies, they bring back soil.
Paul Njoroge and his father-in-law John Quindos Karanja walked away from the site where their wives and children died with bags of soil in their hands. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle)
}); Three generations of their family were on the Ethiopian Airlines flight to Kenya that crashed last week just minutes after takeoff in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board.