BAWN (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) The Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed Sunday morning, killing everyone on board, including eight Chinese nationals, according to reports.
The airlines Group CEO, Mr Tewolde Gebre-Mariam, said Capitan Yared Mulugeta, an Ethiopian-born Kenyan national, was a senior pilot, who had been flying the same plane since November 2007. The airline released a statement via twitter (Below).
His first officer, Mr Ahmednur Mohamednur, had several flight hours under his belt, Mr Tewolde disclosed in his briefing to the press in Addis Ababa, after visiting the crash site.
The Group CEO further disclosed that Boeing 737 Max-8 plane underwent a routine maintenance on February 4, 2019. The plane, which crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, it had 149 passengers and eight crew members on board, the airline said. There were no survivors.
Nineteen United Nations staff members were among those killed, according to a UN statement. The victims worked for the World Food Program, The Office of the High Commissioner on Refugees, The International Telecommunications Union, The Food and Agriculture Organization, International Organization for Migration in South Sudan, World Bank and UN Assistance Mission in Somalia, and the UN Office in Nairobi.
Though it’s unclear why UN employees were on the plane, the UN Environment Assembly is scheduled to begin Monday in Nairobi.”My heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all the victims — including our own UN staff — who perished in this tragedy,” Secretary-General Antonio Guterressaid.
The last major accident involving an Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane was in January 2010, when a flight from Beirut went down, killing 83 passengers and seven crew.At this point the crash is being investigated with a international task force. Concerns are growing internationally causing some Airports to ground Boeing planes.
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