Ethiopian Air jet came down minutes after leaving Addis Ababa
NTSB, FAA to assist probe of new accident in wake of Lion Air
By Samuel Gebre, Julie Johnsson, and Christopher Jasper, March 10 2019
A Boeing Co. 737 Max operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly after takeoff Sunday, killing all 157 people on board, as the second deadly accident in five months raises fresh concerns about the U.S. manufacturer’s best-selling jet.
Flight ET302 plunged to the ground minutes after leaving Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi, Kenya. The pilot reported problems shortly after takeoff and was given clearance to return to the airport, Chief Executive Officer Tewolde Gebre Mariam said at a press conference. The 737 Max 8 hadn’t experienced any apparent mechanical issues on an earlier flight from Johannesburg, he said.
— With assistance by Anurag Kotoky, Alan Levin, Nizar Manek, Bella Genga, and Mary Schlangenstein