©AfreePress-(Lomé, 11 March 2019)-On Sunday the 10th of March Ethiopian airline flight ET302 has crashed shortly after takeoff, the airplane was on its way to Nairobi.
According to Ethiopian authorities there were no survivors, all 149 passengers and 8 crewmembers lost their lives in the crash.
The airplane lost contact with the Addis Abeba airport 6 minutes after takeoff. According to the last contact the aircraft had problems with maintaining its speed during takeoff and the pilot asked permission to return to the airport.
The Ethiopian airlines Boeing 737 max was a new aircraft that had its first flight for Ethiopian airlines in November last year. Before takeoff there were no problems detected with the aircraft and the pilot was experienced. It is still too early for any statements about the cause of the crash but.
The black boxes have been recovered from the scene this morning, this includes the cockpit voice recorder and the digital flight data recorder. This will hopefully reveal the cause of the crash soon.
This is not the first time a Boeing 737 max aircraft has crashed, five months ago the same type of aircraft had crashed in Indonesia taking the lives of 189 people. Several airlines have decided to stop using their Boeing 737 max until the cause of the crash in Ethiopia is clear. Boeing has decided not to change any of their safety protocols for their Boeing 737 max.
Ethiopian airlines also operates from Lomé International Airport Gnassingbé Eyadéma, to various places in the world including Addis Abeba and Nairobi.