Exclusive:  Shocking revelations  about the ill fated  Ethiopian Airlines plane  that crashed Sunday killing all 157 passengers on board

Exclusive: Shocking revelations about the ill fated Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed Sunday killing all 157 passengers on board

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,10TH MARCH 2019-Even as relatives and friends of passengers who were on board an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 that crashed Sunday morning en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi with 149 passengers and eight crew members continue to receive the sad news,UpesiNews has managed to discover a disturbing trend concerning the plane.

We have since established that the ill fated plane the Boeing 737-800MAX is the same type of plane as the Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed last October, 13 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.

It is not clear whether similar reasons that were reported to have been behind the Indonesian plane crash are also to blame for Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines plane tragedy. What we have also established is that the plane had to engines and therefore what could have led to failure of both remains unknown

The news of the plane crash on Sunday was confirmed by the company itself through a sttaement.”We hereby confirm that our scheduled flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in accident today,” the airline said in a statement.

An Ethiopian Airline Boeing 737-700 aircraft takes off from Felix Houphouet-Boigny Airport in Abidjan on November 28, 2017 An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed on March 10, 2019, en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi with 149 passengers and eight crew believed to be on board, Ethiopian Airlines said as Ethiopia’s prime minister offered condolences to passengers’ families. |IMAGE|COURTESY

“It is believed that there were 149 passengers and eight crew on board the flight but we are currently confirming the details of the passenger manifest for the flight.”

The airline said “search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties.”

The plane took off at 8:38 am (0638 GMT) from Bole International Airport and “lost contact” six minutes later near Bishoftu, a town some 60 kilometres (37 miles) southeast of Addis Ababa by road.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office tweeted it “would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.”

Ethiopian Airlines said it would send staff to the accident scene to “do everything possible to assist the emergency services.”

It would also set up a passenger information centre and a dedicated telephone number for family and friends of people who may have been on the flight.

The last major accident involving an Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane was a Boeing 737-800 that exploded after taking off from Lebanon in 2010, killing 83 passengers and seven crew.

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