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Ethiopian Airlines statement on the preliminary report of flight ET302

Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Group which is the largest and the most successful Aviation group in Africa, would like to acknowledge the preliminary report of the accident of ET 302, March 10, 2019 and would like to appreciate the hard work of the investigation team.

The preliminary report clearly showed that the Ethiopian Airlines pilots who were commanding flight ET 302 followed the Boeing recommended and FAA approved emergency procedures to handle the most difficult emergency situation created on the airplane. Despite their hard work and full compliance with the emergency procedures, it was very unfortunate that they could not recover the airplane from the persistence of nose diving. As the investigation continues with more detailed analysis, as usual we will continue with our full cooperation with the investigation team.

Group CEO, Tewolde Gebre Mariam said that “ All of us at Ethiopian Airlines are still going through deep mourning for the loss of our loved ones and we would like to express our deep sympathy and condolences for the families, relatives and friends ofthe victims. Meanwhile; we are very proud of our pilots’ compliances to follow the emergency procedures and high level of professional performances in such extremely difficult situations. We are also very proud of our Global standard Pilot Training Center and the Ethiopian Aviation Academy which is one of the largest and most modern in the world equipped with state of the art and latest training technologies . I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our valued customers, the travelling public, the media and Global aviation professionals for the remarkably high level of vote of confidences and strong support that you have been giving us starting from the day of this tragic accident. We will double our efforts every single day to win your confidence and earn your business. Your Safety will remain our top most priority and we will continue to work together with our partners around the world to make air travel safer and more comfortable. My highest appreciation also goes to my 16, 000 colleagues at Ethiopian Airlines for their resilience, high standards of professionalism and their continued commitment for operational excellence and their award winning customer services which enabled us to continue our business with out any operational disruption, flight delays nor flight cancellations.”

Ethiopian Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 ET-AVJ crashes in Ethiopia after takeoff, 157 killed

Delivered November 15, 2018, crashed March 10, 2019, ET302 ADD-NBO, 157 killed

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: