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Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX Crash

An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa/Bole on March 10, killing all 157 on board. The aircraft, ET-AVJ (c/n 62450), had been operating ET302, a service to Nairobi/ Jomo Kenyatta.

Contact with the flight deck was lost at 8.44am, six minutes after departure, and the airliner was found to have crashed near the town of Bishoftu, 31 miles (50km) south of the airport. The pilot experienced difficulties during the flight and was given clearance by air traffic control to return to Addis Ababa, the carrier’s CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam confirmed in a press conference later that day. The incident is the type’s second hull loss in just five months. A Lion Air example, PK-LQP (c/n 43000), crashed a short time after departing Jakarta/Soekarno-Hatta on October 29, resulting in the loss of all 189 passengers and crew.

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