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Ethiopian plane crash Highlights: Four Indians among 157 killed

Ethiopian plane crash today Highlights: The carrier's CEO Tewolde GebreMariam visited the accident scene and expressed his sympathy and condolences to the families of passengers and crew who lost their lives calling it a 'very sad and tragic day.' 

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New Delhi | Updated: March 11, 2019 6:39:05 am
Ethiopian plane crash LIVE Updates: People walk at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Source: REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri)

Ethiopia plane crash Highlights: An Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi with 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard crashed just six minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa Sunday. People from 32 different countries were reportedly on the Boeing 737 flight which crashed in a field just 60 kilometres southeast of the capital. The carrier’s CEO Tewolde GebreMariam visited the accident scene and expressed his sympathy and condolences to the families of passengers and crew who lost their lives calling it a “very sad and tragic day.”

The Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed’s official Twitter also expressed condolences to families of those lost in the crash. “The office of the PM, on behalf of government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express it’s deepest condolences to the families that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning,” the PM’s office said on Twitter.

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Ethiopian Airlines to Kenya with 157 on board crashes near Addis Ababa: Follow LIVE updates:

23:41 (IST)10 Mar 2019
Environment Ministry consultant among four Indians killed in Ethiopian plane crash: Sushma Swaraj

Four Indians, including an Environment Ministry consultant, were among those killed when a Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed after take-off from Addis Ababa, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said.

The Boeing 737 crashed minutes after an early-morning takeoff from Addis Ababa Sunday, killing all eight crew and 149 passengers on board, including tourists, business travellers, and the Indian Environment Ministry consultant, Shikha Garg, who was on her way to attend a UNEP meeting. READ MORE

23:41 (IST)10 Mar 2019
Environment Ministry consultant among four Indians killed in Ethiopian plane crash: Sushma Swaraj

Four Indians, including an Environment Ministry consultant, were among those killed when a Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed after take-off from Addis Ababa, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said.

The Boeing 737 crashed minutes after an early-morning takeoff from Addis Ababa Sunday, killing all eight crew and 149 passengers on board, including tourists, business travellers, and the Indian Environment Ministry consultant, Shikha Garg, who was on her way to attend a UNEP meeting. READ MORE

22:14 (IST)10 Mar 2019
US confirms Americans were on Ethiopian plane

The United States confirms that Americans are among the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash outside Addis Ababa on Sunday morning. A brief State Department statement says US embassies in Addis Ababa and Nairobi are working with Ethiopia's government and Ethiopian Airlines ``to offer all possible assistance.'' The State Department says it will directly contact victims' family members and that 'out of respect for the privacy of the families, we won't have any additional comments about the victims.' (AP)

22:01 (IST)10 Mar 2019
The cause of crash of Ethipian Airlines Boeing 737 plane is still not clear

Ethiopia's state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting reports that the number of victims from Ethiopia in the plane crash is 18 and their families have been notified. People from 35 countries were on the flight. All 157 people were killed. It is not yet clear what caused the crash of the new Boeing 737 plane which was en route for Nairobi.

21:58 (IST)10 Mar 2019
DGCA will seek information from Boeing in wake of Ethiopian Airlines plane crash

India's aviation regulator DGCA will seek information from Boeing as well as Jet Airways and SpiceJet operating Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in the wake of Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, according to a senior official. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) would seek information from plane maker Boeing and Indian carriers operating Boeing 737 MAX planes in India, according to the official, reports PTI.

As many as 149 passengers, including Indians, were killed when a Boeing 737 MAX plane operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed soon after taking off from Addis Ababa.

21:09 (IST)10 Mar 2019
Photos: Scenes from the wreckage of Ethiopian plane crash

CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam, looks at the wreckage of the plane that crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Source: AP/PTI)




Rescuers remove body bags from the scene of an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed in a field near Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia on Sunday,  (Source: AP/PTI)
20:59 (IST)10 Mar 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron offers condolences to families of Ethiopian plane crash victims
20:53 (IST)10 Mar 2019
US to send team to assist in Ethiopian Airlines crash

The US National Transportation Safety Board will send four people to assist in the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash, an NTSB spokesman said on Sunday. An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet to Nairobi crashed Sunday with 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard, the airline said earlier, as reported by Reuters.

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20:52 (IST)10 Mar 2019
Crash investigation team from Ethiopia's civil aviation agency reaches the site

Police and troops were on the scene, as well as a crash investigation team from Ethiopia's civil aviation agency. A reporter from AFP reported that there was a massive crater at the crash site, with belongings and plane parts scattered widely. While, in the Kenyan capital, family members, friends, and colleagues of passengers were frantically waiting for news at the airport.

20:26 (IST)10 Mar 2019
Several world leaders offer condolences to families of victims

The crash came on the eve of a major, annual assembly in Nairobi of the UN Environment Programme, which learnt of the crash with "deep regret" but did not say whether any delegates were on the plane. Meanwhile, several world leaders offered condolences to distraught next-of-kin. 

18:41 (IST)10 Mar 2019
Pilot reported 'difficulties', was asked to return: Ethiopian Airlines

The pilot of a Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 that crashed six minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa on Sunday, had alerted controllers "he had difficulties" and wanted to turn back the plane carrying 157 people, the head of Ethiopian Airlines said. The pilot "was given clearance" to return to Addis, chief executive officer Tewolde GebreMariam told journalists in the Ethiopian capital when asked whether there had been a distress call. (AFP)

18:35 (IST)10 Mar 2019
Ethiopian Airlines CEO and Kenya's transport minister announced

Authorities said 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Italians, eight Chinese citizens, eight Americans, seven British citizens, seven French citizens, six Egyptians, five Dutch citizens, four Indians, four people from Slovakia, three Austrians, three Swedes, three Russians, two Moroccans, two Spaniards, two Poles and two Israelis. Belgium, Indonesia, Somalia, Norway, Serbia, Togo, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen each had one citizen onboard.

17:24 (IST)10 Mar 2019
Ethiopian Airlines' latest statement
16:50 (IST)10 Mar 2019
Photos: Ethiopia Plane crash, family members arrive at Bole Airport

Captio Bole International airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Source: AP)
Family members arrive at Bole International airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to get information on the Ethiopian flight that crashed. (Source: AP)

16:15 (IST)10 Mar 2019
Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed expresss his condolences to the families of those killed in crash
16:10 (IST)10 Mar 2019
Ethiopian Airlines releases emergency contact numbers
16:05 (IST)10 Mar 2019
All 157 passengers reportedly killed in crash in Ethiopia

All passengers on board  Ethiopian Airlines plane have been killed, Ethiopia's state broadcaster reported. There were 157 people on board, 149 passengers and 8 crew members.

16:02 (IST)10 Mar 2019
Ehtopian Airlines issues statement on crash
16:01 (IST)10 Mar 2019

Hello. Welcome to our Ethiopian Arlines plane crash LIVE... Follow our blog for latest updates.

An Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet to Nairobi crashed early on Sunday with 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard, the airline said in a statement. The flight ET 302 crashed near the town of Bishoftu, near capital Addis Ababa, the airline said.

The Boeing 737 jet left Bole airport in Addis Ababa at 8.38 am local time, before losing contact with the control tower just a few minutes later, the statement read. "Search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties,' it further added.

State-owned Ethiopian is one of the biggest carriers on the continent by fleet size. Its last major crash was in January 2010, when a flight from Beirut went down shortly after take-off.

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First published on: 10-03-2019 at 02:09:12 pm
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