Pictures from the crash site of the Ethiopian Airlines plane B-737-800MAX – registration number ET-AVJ – that crashed early on Sunday morning have surfaced online.
The crash that claimed all passengers on board including 32 Kenyans, occurred near town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia six minutes after take off.
Others killed in the incident include 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Italians, eight Chinese citizens, eight Americans, seven British citizens, seven French citizens, six Egyptians, five Dutch citizens, four Indians, four people from Slovakia, three Austrians, three Swedes, three Russians, two Moroccans, two Spaniards, two Poles and two Israelis.
Belgium, Indonesia, Ireland, Mozambique, Norway, Saudi, Sudan, Somalia, Serbia, Togo, Uganda, Yemeni, Nepal, Nigeria had one passenger each.
Following the incident, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia revealed on Sunday that the Kenyan government had dispatched a team to Addis Ababa “in the quest for accurate and more up-to-date information.”
Further, Macharia stated that the government had set aside Terminal 1D and Sheraton Hotel at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) as emergency points following the early morning incident.
According to the CS, the two points will take care of relatives and friends who might be affected by the unfortunate incident.
Reports from the airline reveal, that the Pilot of crashed Ethiopian airlines flight had an excellent flying record and that the plane had no known technical problems.
However, the airlines pilot had reported difficulties and asked for permission to turn back just before the crash.
The report comes amid claims the US Department of State: Consular Affairs through the Us Embassy in Ethiopia had warned US citizens from travelling in or out of Bole International Airport today, March 10.
US cited security concerns around Meskel Square following planned protests on the material day.
However, it seems there could be more than meets the eye as to why the embassy warned its citizens not to travel in/out of the airport where the Boeing 737 took off from and lost contact just six minutes after departure.
“The U.S. Embassy is aware of calls for a protest to be held on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Meskel Square. It is unknown whether the protest has been or will be approved by Ethiopian authorities. Protests have already occurred in many parts of the Oromia region since March 6, and additional protests may materialize.
“U.S. Embassy personnel are advised to avoid Meskel Square and limit movement around Addis Ababa on Sunday, March 10. U.S. Government travelers have been advised not to arrive or depart Bole International Airport on Sunday, March 10, and U.S. Embassy personnel are also temporarily prohibited from traveling to Oromia,” said the US government.
Here are the photos: