INTERNET (MARCH 10, 2019) (FLIGHTRADAR24.COM) – An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 passenger jet to Nairobi that crashed early on Sunday (March 10) with 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard “had unstable vertical speed,” Swedish flight-tracking website flightradar24 said.
Flight ET 302 crashed near the town of Bishoftu, 62 kilometres southeast of the capital Addis Ababa, the airline said, confirming the plane was a Boeing 737-800 MAX, registration number ET-AVJ. The flight left Bole airport in Addis Ababa at 8.38 am local time, before losing contact with the control tower just a few minutes later at 8.44 am.
State-owned Ethiopian is one of the biggest carriers on the continent by fleet size. It said previously that it expected to carry 10.6 million passengers last year. Its last major crash was in January 2010, when a flight from Beirut went down shortly after take-off.