A Kenya-bound Ethiopian Airlines with 149 passengers and 8 crew members has reportedly crashed in the Bishoftu region of the country.
In a statement
forwarded to Ripples Nigeria by Biniyam Demssie, Team Lead, Media Relations, Sunday morning, the management of the airline said as follows:
“Ethiopian Airlines regrets to confirm that its flight ET 302/10 March in schedule service from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit).
“The aircraft B-737-800MAX with registration number ET- AVJ took off at 08:38 am local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08:44am. 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.”
The airline added, “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 302/10 March.”
Ethiopian Airlines is regarded as one of Africa’s largest and most successful carriers.
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