A recently acquired Ethiopian Airline plane leaving for Nairobi, Kenya crashed on Sunday, 10th of March killing all 157 people on board.
The same Boeing 737 Max 8 model was involved in a crash in Indonesia in October.
According to Ethiopian Airlines’ chief executive, Tewolde GebreMariam, the flight took off at 8:38 a.m. and lost communication with air traffic control six minutes later, crashing near Bishoftu, less than 40 miles southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
According to reports, ‘the plane underwent a sharp pull up — 600 feet in just 10 seconds — and was flying at 380 nautical miles per hour, when about 270 would be closer to normal.’
Three minutes later, it crashed!
The victims included people of different nationalities – Kenyans, Nigerian, Canadians, Chinese, Ethiopians, Italians,Indians, French, Americans, Britons, Slovaks, Australians, Germans,…
Nigerian-born Canadian professor, writer and literary critic, Prof. Pius Adesanmi, was among the 157 persons that died in the crash.
He posted a message on Facebook before taking off on the flight and it reads, “If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me – Psalm 139:9-10.”
We send our condolences to the families of the departed and pray for the souls of the departed to rest in perfect peace.
Quite a saddening way to start the week!