On Sunday morning, a Boeing 737 Ethiopian Airlines, tail number ET 302/10 on one of its regular flights to Nairobi from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
The Ethiopian Prime Minister office issued a statement on Twitter saying that the plane was on its regular flight when it crashed.
“The office of the PM, on behalf of the government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its deepest condolences to the families that have lost their loved ones on the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on a regularly scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning,” read the tweet.
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
According to Flight-tracking website, FlightRadar24, the plane had what they described as “Unstable vertical speed” immediately after it took off.
Six minutes later after taking off, the plane crashed 31 miles from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city.
Ethiopian Airline released a statement to the press but did not confirm whether there were survivors or any casuals caused by the crash.
“Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services,” read the statement
The Airline company also confirmed that the crash took place around Bishofu area at 8.44am on Sunday.
“The Aircraft B-737-800MAX with registration number ET-AVJ took off at 08.30 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 not confirmed information about survivors or any possible causalities,” a part of the press release read.