Details are coming in fast following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane with 149 passengers and 8 crew members on board.
The plane has crashed on flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi.The aircraft B-737-800MAX with registration number ET-AVJ crashed at around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit) area on its way from Addis Ababa to Nairobi.
Apparently, a tweet from the Official Twitter page for U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs warned its citizens two days ago against arriving or departing from Bole International Airport on March 10 which happens to be today.
The Ethiopian Airline in a statement said aircraft lost contact just six minutes after leaving Bole International Airport.
“At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties,” the airline said.It added it is still confirming details of the passenger list for the flight.”Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services,” the statement added.
#Ethiopia Security Alert: The U.S. Embassy is aware of calls for a protest to be held on March 10, at Meskel Square. U.S. Government travelers have been advised not to arrive/depart Bole International Airport on March 10. Monitor local media for updates. https://t.co/J23F7qX6mG pic.twitter.com/lzB3UERs8P
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) March 8, 2019
Some had sensed there was more to the crash after the news was first released by the Country’s Prime Minister.
The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express it’s deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.
— Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia (@PMEthiopia) March 10, 2019
Strange that the PM's account is the first to share this information. @flyethiopian silence doesn't help. What is the situation?
— Waihiga Mwaura 🇰🇪 (@WaihigaMwaura) March 10, 2019
The Flight lost contact at 8:44 am,6 minutes after departure from Addis. There are 149 passengers and 8 crew members aboard it. @flyethiopian is yet to update anything concerning the incident yet the Prime Minister has sent his condolences before even the rescue operation is over
— Bruce Mutuma (@MutumaKaai) March 10, 2019
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