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.
An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed on March 10 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.
Kebebew Legesse, the mother of Ethiopian Airlines cabin crew Ayantu Girmay mourns at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town Bishoftu, on March 12.
Ethiopian policemen search through the passengers belongings at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash on March 12.
A man holds passengers' passports found at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash on March 12.
A page of a flight crew operations manual is seen at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, on March 12.
Colleagues mourn during a memorial ceremony held for the crew who died in the Ethiopian Airlines accident at the Ethiopian Pilot Association Club in Addis Ababa, on March 11.
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.
Deadly weekend for aviation with three fatal crashes
It was a tumultuous weekend in aviation as three planes crashed, killing all aboard in separate incidents in Ethiopia, Colombia and the US.
Wreckage is seen at the site of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, on March 11.
The United Nations flag is pictured at half mast in memory of the victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, in Geneva, Switzerland, 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.
Delegates at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) world environmental forum observe a minute's silence in memory of the victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, at the United Nations complex within Gigiri in Nairobi, Kenya on March 11.
Relatives and friends of Sara Gebremichael, 38, a crew leader on the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane that crashed, mourn at her house in Addis Ababa on March 11.
Mourners attend a memorial service held by an association of Ethiopian airline pilots, at which framed photographs of seven crew members were on display, in Addis Ababa, on March 11.
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.
Boeing 737 black boxes found as planes grounded after Ethiopian Airlines crash
Two flight data recorders from Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 have been found, as airlines around the world ground Boeing 737 MAX 8s like the one which crashed Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle)
}); The plane's Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) were recovered from the wreckage, Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement.
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.
Ground the Boeing 737 Max 8, members of Congress implore the FAA after deadly crash
Their calls follow the decision by authorities in the United Kingdom to ground the plane.
Tractors excavate the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash on 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.
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.
Boeing Max 8 Hit Trouble Right Away, Pilot’s Tense Radio Messages Show
The captain of a doomed Ethiopian Airlines jetliner faced an emergency almost immediately after takeoff from Addis Ababa, requesting permission in a panicky voice to return after three minutes as the aircraft accelerated to abnormal speed, a person who reviewed air traffic communications said Thursday.
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.
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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia—The pilot of the Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed Sunday 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.
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The pilot “reported back to air-traffic controllers that he was having flight-control problems” and wanted to return to Addis Ababa, Mr. Gebremariam said.
The executive said he had listened to the recording and there were no other problems cited by the pilot.
Ethiopian Airlines says crash victim DNA tests will take up to 6 months
Ethiopian Airlines says crash victim DNA tests will take up to 6 months
Mr. Gebremariam said the black boxes recovered from the jet would be sent to Europe for analysis, although a final determination as to which country hasn’t been made.
He said the U.K., France and Germany were being considered, as well as the European Union Aviation Safety Agency based in Cologne, Germany, and that a decision would be made Wednesday. © MICHAEL TEWELDE/AFP/Getty Images A photo shows debris of the crashed airplane of Ethiopia Airlines, near Bishoftu, a town some 60 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on March 11, 2019. - Airlines in Ethiopia, China and Indonesia grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets Monday as investigators recovered the black boxes from a brand-new passenger jet that crashed outside Addis Ababa a day earlier, killing all 157 people on board. (Photo by Michael TEWELDE / AFP) (Photo credit should read MICHAEL TEWELDE/AFP/Getty Images)
The Wall Street Journal earlier reported that U.S. and Ethiopian officials were discussing the destination of the black boxes, with American officials quietly pushing for them to be sent to the U.S.
Black boxes are devices that contain voice recordings and data from the flight that are crucial in any crash investigation. Downloading the data takes technical expertise and equipment that only a few countries possess.
The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crashed shortly after takeoff while on a scheduled Addis Ababa-Nairobi flight, killing all 157 people on board.
Boeing has maintained the jet is safe to fly after Sunday’s crash in Ethiopia and the crash of another 737 MAX 8 in Indonesia in October.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration reiterated Tuesday that the aircraft is safe.
“Our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft,” the agency said. U.S. carriers, sticking by the FAA guidance, have said they have no plans to ground flights.
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Indonesia Is Interviewing the Off-Duty Pilot Aboard Lion Air Flight.
Indonesia’s aviation safety regulator confirmed an off-duty pilot was aboard a Boeing Co. 737 Max 8 a day before the aircraft crashed, after people familiar with the matter said that a third person was in the cockpit and helped the crew disable a malfunctioning flight-control system. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle)