Ethiopian Airlines issued this statement:
Ethiopian Airlines regrets to confirm that its flight ET 302 on March 10 in scheduled service from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today (March 10) around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit).
The aircraft, a Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 with registration number ET- AVJ took off at 08:38 am local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08:44 am. 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 on March 10.
Note: There are no survivors. The pictured ET-AVJ was delivered on November 15, 2018.
Follow-up statement from Ethiopian Airlines:
In a press conference held at Ethiopian Airlines Headquarters this afternoon regarding Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed today March 10, 2019 shortly after takeoff en route to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines who had traveled to the scene of the crash remarked,” It is too early to speculate the cause of the accident and further investigation will be carried out to find out the cause of the accident in collaboration with all stakeholders including the aircraft manufacturer Boeing, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and other international entities to maintain the international standard and information will be provided once the cause is identified.
Ethiopian Airlines will provide all the necessary support to the families of the victims.”
A senior captain named Yared Getachew with a cumulative flight hour of more than 8000 and with a commendable performance was commanding the flight along with first officer Ahmed Nur Mohammod Nur who had a flight hour of 200.
149 passengers and 8 crew members were on board the flight. The victims were of 35 Nationalities.
The crashed Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 airplane (top and below) flew back to Addis from Johannesburg this morning to its yet another flight bound to Nairobi, underwent a rigorous first check maintenance in February 4, 2019.
Above Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. ET-AVJ departs from Boeing Field in Seattle on delivery in November.
Ethiopian Airlines Group expresses its profound sorrow and deepest condolences to the families of the victims and their loved ones on the tragic plane accident.
Top Copyright Photo: Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 ET-AVJ (msn 62450) JNB (Jonathan Druion). Image: 945934.
Ethiopian Airlines also issued this CEO statement and photo: