Ethiopian Airlines jet crashes en route to Nairobi

Ethiopian Airlines jet crashes en route to Nairobi

Mar 10, 2019 (Agencia EFE via COMTEX) —

Bangkok Desk, Mar 11 (efe-epa).- An Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed minutes after departing Addis Ababa, killing all 157 aboard – including eight Americans and 18 Canadians – and raising new questions for Boeing Co. in the wake of the second deadly disaster involving its new 737 MAX model in recent months, Dow Jones Newswires reported in an article provided to EFE on Monday.

The jetliner’s pilot reported an unspecified problem with the plane shortly after taking off on Sunday and asked to return to the Ethiopian capital’s Bole International Airport. Six minutes after departure, communication was lost, and the plane plunged to the ground near Bishoftu, just south of Addis Ababa.

The crash focuses attention on the 737 MAX, which is in growing use in the U.S. and abroad, and has sparked concern among some airlines and their employees who operate the plane.

China’s Civil Aviation Administration ordered the temporary grounding of all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft flown by Chinese airlines. Cayman Airways, a small operator with two 737 MAX planes, said on its website it would ground those planes starting Monday until it gets more information. An Indonesian official told The Wall Street Journal that authorities are planning to meet Monday to discuss whether to ground the aircraft there.

A number of people on board Flight 302 to Nairobi were heading to a global United Nations Environment Program summit. The U.N.’s World Food Program also had multiple staff members on the flight, said its head, David Beasley.

Citizens from many nations were among those on the aircraft, in addition to the Americans and Canadians, including French, Chinese and British nationals, said Kenyan Transport Minister James Macharia. The largest loss of

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