Ethiopian Airlines Flight Carrying 149 Passengers, 8 Crew Members Crashes En Route To Nairobi

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| March 10 , 2019 , 16:24 IST

An Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi with 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard crashed early on Sunday, the airline said in a statement.

The plane, a Boeing 737-800MAX with flight number ET 302, lost contact at 08.44 am local time soon after taking off, at 08:38 am local time, from Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital, the airline said confirming the accident.

While the airline said that “search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties,” a separate statement by the Ethiopian prime minister’s office offered its “deepest condolences” to families.

There were no immediate details on what caused the crash.

The Airline said, "Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services."

The airline added that a passenger information centre and hotline "will be available shortly for family or friends of those who may have been on the flight."

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The Ethiopian prime minister’s official Twitter account expressed condolences to families of those lost in an Ethiopian airline’s flight to Nairobi, without giving details.

“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 that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on a regularly scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning,” the PM’s office said on Twitter."

kushal kumar

Newspapers reports say that an Ethopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa on Sunday , 10 March 2019 , killing all 157 persons thought to be on board. This is obviously a major mishap in the air involving persons of different nationalities of the world. Shocking mishap evoking prayers for peace to the departed souls and spiritual strength to their loved ones. In this context , readers may be referred to this Vedic astrology writer’s predictive alert for more care and appropriate strategy against major mishap in the air during first three months of 2019 , more so in February -March in vulnerable countries. These alerts were brought to public domain last year in November -December 2018 through article - “ World Predictions 2019” . Later , it was clarified that a country whose name begins with letter E could likely be vulnerable. And much later in recent past , in some other context , it was mentioned that 11- 12 March or a day prior and after in 2019 look to be worrisome. Briefly speaking , the alert for more care and appropriate strategy was indicative.