Ethiopia: Families Visit Ethiopian Airlines Crash Site

Geraldine Edwards
March 16, 2019

"Canadian authorities said they would not even allow 737 Max 8 and Max 9 planes from the pass through their airspace", reported Hayward.

The grounding came three days after 157 people were killed when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX aircraft crashed in Ethiopia, the second time a jet of that model had crashed.

One Rwandan national, Jackson Musoni, who works with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Darfur, Sudan, was aboard the ill-fated plane and also perished in the accident.

The crash in Ethiopia came less than five months after a 737 MAX 8 belonging to Indonesian budget carrier Lion Air crashed into the Java Sea on October 29, killing all 189 people on board.

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The Max jets are likely to be idle for weeks while Boeing tries to assure regulators around the world that the planes are safe.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for All Nippon Airways Co. said the company was keeping a close eye on investigations into the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash.

Southwest Airlines has removed its fleet of 34 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from service, which accounts for less than five percent of its daily flights, according to a company statement released Wednesday.

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The announcement of the 737 MAX 8 ban in the USA came as several of the planes were still in the air.

"The 737-800 MAX and newer models are not among the fleet coming to Liberia. It's why U.S. aviation has been so incredibly safe and frankly why aviation has been safe around the world", said Elwell.

Yared Getachew, captain of the flight, was told to return to base after he experienced flight control problems minutes after the beginning of his journey to Nairobi, Kenya, as records of the last exchange between the pilot and air traffic control show.

There are safety concerns about Boeing's newest and fastest selling narrow-bodied aircraft after two deadly crashes in a matter of months.

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Two black boxes from the aircraft that crashed in Ethiopia are being taken to Paris for investigation.

Airlines have been scrambling to reposition planes worldwide to lessen the impact.

Captain Dennis Tajer, a 737 pilot with American Airlines, met with Boeing executives in November, and said they weren't entirely forthcoming after the Lion Air crash.

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