Know How Safe Is Commercial Aviation: Why Ethiopian Flight Crashed Enroute Kenya, Killing 157 People Onboard?

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crashed on Sunday, 10th March 2019 killing all it's passengers. The flight on it's way to Kenya, Nairobi had 149 passengers and 8 crew members onboard, reportedly there were no survivors from the crash site. In light of the event, the safety of global commercial aviation has become a major concern.

It's being said that the Airline safety is increasing despite the number of increasing accidents every year. In 2018, Last year, 4.3 billion passengers flew safely on 46.1 Million Flights. Yet one major airline crash was reported in 5.4 million flights. 

However going by the IATA reports for 2013-2017, one major flight accident was reported for 3.4 million flights, which is a phenomenal improvement in safety performance. 

In 2018, an aviation disater in Jakarta, Indonesia came to be known as the worst ever crash. Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed into the Java Sea after a technical snag midair. The flight had 189 passengers and crew on board and none survived.

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Crash:

The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max took off from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport at around 8:38 local a.m. local time, but lost contact at 8:44 a.m enroute to Nairobi, Kenya, confirmed a spokesman for Ethio pian Airlines. The cause and location of the crash are yet to be ascertained.

Soon after the crash Prime Minister of Ethiopia, who was extremely saddened by the event expressed his condolences in his tweet, posted by Abiy Ahmed's office.

"The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning," it wrote.

 Meanwhile rescue operations are underway as officials are looking out for the voice recorder and flight data recorder located at the cockpit, which can detremine the actual cause of the accident. 

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