Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine on Sunday has sent out condolences to those affected by Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 crash , which plunged into the ground on Sunday morning, minutes after take-off in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Bobi Wine in his condolence message said he was sending prayers to those affected by the crash.
‘ ‘I am very saddened by the news of the crash of an Ethiopian Airline aircraft today. This is so tragic! I send condolences to the families & loved ones of the victims of this terrible accident. May we all pray for them in this very difficult time. Africa mourns! The world mourns!’’ he tweeted on Sunday evening.
I am very saddened by the news of the crash of an Ethiopian Airline aircraft today. This is so tragic! I send condolences to the families & loved ones of the victims of this terrible accident. May we all pray for them in this very difficult time. Africa mourns! The world mourns!
— BOBI WINE (@HEBobiwine) March 10, 2019
Reports indicate, the pilot of a Nairobi-bound Boeing 737, had alerted controllers “he had difficulties” and wanted to turn back the plane carrying 157 people, the head of Ethiopian Airlines said. The pilot “was given clearance” to return to Addis, chief executive officer Tewolde GebreMariam told journalists in the Ethiopian capital when asked whether there had been a distress call.
The airlines Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said Capitan Yared Mulugeta, an Ethiopian-born Kenyan national, was a senior pilot who had been flying the same plane since November 2007.
His first office Mr Ahmednur Mohamednur had several flight hours under his belt, Mr Tewolde disclosed in his briefing to the press in Addis Ababa after visiting the crash site.
The CEO further disclosed that Boeing 737 Max-8 plane underwent a routine maintenance on February 4, 2019.
The aircraft, with 157 people on board, including eight crew members, was flying from Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The crash was Ethiopian Airlines’ second major accident since the 1996 Comoros hijacking tragedy that culminated in a crash that killed 125 of the 175 passengers.