Boeing 737-8 MAX fleet grounded as two Spanish and seven Brits among victims of Ethiopian plane crash

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PLANE CRASH - 157 DEAD: Flight ET302 crashed six minutes after taking off from the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. Photo credit: Ethiopian Airlines


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PASSENGERS from 33 countries perished in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that left no survivors.

Among the 157 fatalities are two Spanish citizens, as well as seven British, 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Chinese, eight Italians, eight Americans, seven French and six Egyptians.

Flight ET302 crashed six minutes after taking off from the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, on its way to the capital of Kenya, Nairobi.

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The aircraft, a new Boeing 737-800 MAX, was carrying 149 passengers and eight crew. There were no survivors.

A senior captain Yared Getachew with more than 8,000 flight hours experience was commanding the flight along with first officer Ahmed Nur Mohammod Nur who had 200 flight hours.

Two emergency numbers were released for worried relatives in Spain: +34 606 456 614 / +34 685 620 134

In a statement issued this morning the airline said: “Following the Tragic accident of ET 302/10 March B-737-8 MAX (ET-AVJ), Ethiopian Airlines has decided to ground all B-737-8 MAX fleet effective yesterday March 10, 2019 until further notice.

“Although we don’t yet know the cause of the accident, we had to decide to ground the particular fleet as extra safety precaution.”

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