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An Ethiopian Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes shortly after departure

Addis Ababa - On March 10, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 from Ethiopian Airlines with 157 people on board crashed shortly after departure. Flight ET302 was en route from Addis Ababa to the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

Six minutes after departure, the contact was lost with the flight ET302 near the town of Debre Zeit.

There were 149 passengers and eight crew members were on board. According to the state news agency, passengers were from 33 different nationalities. Eighteen Canadians were among the casualties.

The crashed aircraft is the Boeing 737 MAX 8 with registration ET-AVJ, which was delivered to the Ethiopian flag carrier last November.

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It is the second accident with a Boeing 737 MAX within five months. At the end of October, shortly after departure from Jakarta, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 from the Indonesian airline Lion Air had crashed into the Java Sea.

The Boeing 737 MAX is the newest version of the American manufacturer's best selling single-aisle family. Since 2017 more than 350 737 MAX jets have been delivered to the customers around the world.

Update: Both Flight Data Recorders were found