Crash: Ethiopian B737-8Max near Bishoftu on Mar 10th 2019, impacted terrain after departure

An Ethiopian Boeing 737-8 MAX, registration ET-AVJ performing flight ET-302 from Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) to Nairobi (Kenya) with 149 passengers and 8 crew, was climbing out of Nairobi when the aircraft levelled off at about 9000 feet, radar contact was lost shortly after at 08:44L (05:44Z).

The airline reported rescue and recovery forces are on their way to the crash site near Bishoftu (Ethiopia) about 17nm southsoutheast of Addis Ababa. The aircraft had departed Addis Ababa at 08:38L, radio and radar contact with the aircraft was lost at 08:44L.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister expressed his deep condolences to the families who lost their loved ones.

The last transponder data were received from position N9.027 E39.153 about 21nm east of Addis Ababa at FL086. Terrain elevation at that point is 8130 feet MSL, FL086 corrected for QNH indicates the aircraft was flying at 8173 feet MSL at that position.

HAAB 100600Z 07010KT 9999 FEW025 18/09 Q1029=
HAAB 100500Z 06008KT 9999 FEW025 16/10 Q1029=
HAAB 100400Z 06008KT 9999 FEW025 13/11 Q1028=
HAAB 100300Z 07004KT 9999 FEW025 13/11 Q1028=
HAAB 100100Z 09006KT 9999 FEW025 13/11 Q1027

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