Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302

Ethiopian Airlines – Boeing B737 Max 8 (ET-AVJ) flight ET302

Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa on March 10th 2019, it was operated with a Boeing B737 Max 8.

No passenger or crew member was reported alive after the crash, the flight was carrying 149 passengers and 8 crew members, total nationalities on board were 35 : death included 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight each from the United States, China and Italy, and seven each from France and Britain, the airline said.

Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 lost contact with ATC 6 minutes after takeoff

Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302
Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302

The N.T.S.B. (which represent the country of the manufacturer) said that it would be sending a four-person team. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement, “We are in contact with the State Department and plan to join the N.T.S.B. in its assistance with Ethiopian civil aviation authorities to investigate the crash.”

The airplane, a Boeing B737 Max 8 , registered ET-AVJ was a brand new airplane (msn 62450) and had the first flight on October 30th 2018.

A similar accident occurred to Lion Air flight JT610 in Indonesia, which was operated as well with a brand new Boeing B737 Max 8.

After the Lion Air crash , the FAA release an EMERGENCY AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVE because an “analysis performed by the manufacturer showing that erroneously high single angle of attack (AOA) sensor input is received by the flight control system, there is a potential for repeated nose-down trim commands of the horizontal stabilizer“.

Download the FAA Directive

Also the Boeing company, released an FCOM Bulletin which can be found here below.

Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 - FCOM Bulletin
Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 – FCOM Bulletin

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accident date: 10/03/2019
operator: Ethiopian Airlines
make: Boeing
model: B737 Max 8
registration: ET-AVJ
msn: 62450
location: Bishoftu, Ethiopia
flight number: ET302

Category: Aviation Accident


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