Ethiopian Airlines crash relatives offered earth for ceremony

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 17, 2019

Emirati carrier flydubai this week said the 737 MAX remained integral to its future strategy and that it valued its long-standing relationship with Boeing. Addis Ababa is surrounded by hills and, immediately to the north, the Entoto Mountains. The latest crash, this time of an Ethiopian jetliner, killed all 157 people on board.

Just minutes after takeoff, the simulator plane crashed, like what happened in reality.

French authorities are now examining the Ethiopian aircraft to determine why the new plane crashed just minutes after takeoff.

Moges said temporary death certificates had been issued for the victims of the March 10 crash and the final documents will be ready within two weeks. Collection of DNA samples from relatives had begun.

Family members are being give a 1 kilogram sack of scorched earth taken from the crash sites, said two family members.

As families await results from the investigation, the airline is planning to hold a service on Sunday in Addis Ababa, at the Kidist Selassie, or Holy Trinity Cathedral, where many of Ethiopia's past rulers are buried under its pink stone spires.

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Families have been told it could take up to six months to identify remains. "He was diligent, hardworking, he had a consistent work ethic".

Concerns have been raised regarding apparent similarities with a Lion Air flight involving the same aircraft that crashed off the Indonesian coast in October.

Jamaica and the United States (US) are among a growing number of countries that have banned the 737 Max 8 and 9 from flying in their air space.

Air Canada announced on Friday that it would suspend its financial guidance for the first quarter and full year of 2019 due to uncertainty caused by the suspension of Max 8 flights and Boeing's recent decision to pause deliveries to airline customers.

However, there have been reports from pilots that the system tip the aircraft's nose downwards within minutes of take-off, forcing them to step in to stop the plane from dropping.

Boeing was criticized after the Lion Air crash for allegedly failing to adequately inform 737 pilots about the functioning of the stall prevention system.

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