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Last updated: 21 March 2019
Status:Preliminary
Date:Sunday 10 March 2019
Time:08:44
Type:Silhouette image of generic B38M model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737 MAX 8
Operator:Ethiopian Airlines
Registration: ET-AVJ
C/n / msn: 62450/7243
First flight: 2018-10-30 (4 months)
Engines: 2 CFMI LEAP-1B
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 149 / Occupants: 149
Total:Fatalities: 157 / Occupants: 157
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:50 km (31.3 mls) ESE of Addis Ababa-Bole Airport (ADD) (   Ethiopia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Addis Ababa-Bole Airport (ADD/HAAB), Ethiopia
Destination airport:Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO/HKJK), Kenya
Flightnumber:ET302
Narrative:
Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa-Bole Airport, Ethiopia. There were no survivors among the 157 occupants.
The aircraft took off from runway 07R at Bole Airport at 05:38 UTC (08:38 local time). The airline reports that contact was lost at 08:44 local time.
In a press conference the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines stated that the pilot reported difficulties with the aircraft to ATC. He was given clearance to return to the airport.
Weather at the time of the accident was fine with a visibility of 10+ km, few clouds at 2500 feet.

Sources:
» Ethiopian Airlines

METAR Weather report:
05:00 UTC / 08:00 local time:
HAAB 100500Z 06008KT 9999 FEW025 16/10 Q1029

06:00 UTC / 09:00 local time:
HAAB 100600Z 07010KT 9999 FEW025 18/09 Q1029


Follow-up / safety actions

EASA issued 1 Emergency Airworthiness Directive

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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
30 Oct. 2018 N1786B Boeing first flight
15-17 Nov. 2018 ET-AVJ Ethiopian Airlines delivered BFI-DUB-ADD
17 Nov. 2018 ET-AVJ Ethiopian Airlines first commercial service ADD-DXB

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Addis Ababa-Bole Airport to Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as the crow flies is 1158 km (723 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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