Tragic Ethiopian Airline Plane Crash

Raffaella Jarvis, Reporter, Club Leader

All 157 passengers aboard the Boeing 737 Max 8 flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Nairobi, Kenya died this Sunday. The plane had barely reached six minutes of flight time when a witness says they saw it “drop” from the sky with “no visible flames.” However, another witness says they saw black smoke coming out of the end of the plane before it crashed. The Ethiopian Airline claims the captain of the plane reported technical issues and wanted to turn back. Flight data reveals that the plane was flying steeply at an “unstable vertical airspeed.”

This was not the first plane of the same model to crash in the past four months. In fact, a Boeing 737 Lion Air plane crashed in October. The crash is still being investigated and many warnings have been publicly sent out since then reminding pilots of operational procedures so it is unlikely that the crew from Ethiopian Airlines would be unaware if a similar problem came about. The Boeing 737 was the most popular plane in the air and each plane is worth $121mil. China and Indonesia have grounded all 737 Max planes. Except for Cayman and Ethiopian Airways, most Airlines continue flying the planes until they receive instructions to do otherwise.

The 157 people aboard the Ethiopian flight, including the crew, had 35 different nationalities. There were 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Italians, Chinese and US citizens, and seven British and French citizens. These included aid workers, doctors, and delegates heading to a UN environment conference.