Both the captain and the first officer of the new Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max 8 plane that crashed 62 km south-east of the capital Addis Ababa on Sunday, were experienced specialists who had lots of flight hours, said Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam.
According to his statement made during a press briefing, Captain Yared Getachew had been piloting that group of aircraft since November 2007, while first officer Ahmednur Mohamednur had been flying under Getachew’s command for several months.
The brand new plane was delivered by Boeing to Ethiopia last year. On Sunday morning, it took off from Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport flying towards Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. However, seven minutes later the aircraft lost contact with the control center. The plane crashed near the town of Bishoftu, resulting in over 150 deaths. Most of the deceased were Kenyan passengers.