Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Families of the Ethiopia plane crash victims to wait longer for bodies

Families of the Ethiopia plane crash victims to wait longer for bodies

More than a dozen relatives of those who perished paid their respects on Wednesday at the rural site where Flight ET 302 came down in a fireball.

Ethiopian Airlines said Kenya had the largest number of casualties with 32, followed by Canada with 18, Ethiopia nine, then Italy, China, and the U.S. with eight each.

Egypt, Kazakhstan and Vietnam have also joined the European Union, China, Australia and India in suspending all Boeing 737 Max 8s from their airspace.

Investigators from Ethiopia and other countries, including the United States, are looking into what caused the aircraft, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, to crash.

Another Boeing 737 MAX 8, flown by Indonesia's Lion Air, crashed soon after takeoff from Jakarta in October past year, killing 189 people.

Voice recordings pick up the flight crew's voices, as well as other sounds inside the cockpit.

Some stated they didn't get answers following the meetings they held with the Ethiopian Airlines authorities. An airline official has said one recorder was partially damaged.

There are a number of apparent similarities between the two flights, aside from the obvious fact that both flew on new MAX 8 jets.

John Quindos Karanja lost his wife, his daughter, and three grandchildren in the plane crash.

Pictured Ethiopian Airlines passenger, Antonis Mavropoulos who missed his flight and lived.

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He was booked on a later flight, but was led away by airline staff to be questioned by police.

However, there is no way of knowing if anything other than coincidence is to blame.

The plane had roared low over the field, spewing white smoke and debris, before swerving sharply and crashing, witnesses at the scene told Reuters.

A debate over automation lies at the centre of an investigation into October's Lion Air crash in Indonesia. He had an "excellent flying record", GebreMariam added.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam says the pilot of the downed plane had flight control problems.

According to reports, the pilot had reported technical difficulties after takeoff and asked for clearance to return to Addis Ababa. What particular problems he cited in those communications are unclear.

He was supposed to board the plane but he reached the departure gate just two minutes after it was closed. The pilots said that soon after engaging the autopilot on Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, the nose tilted down sharply.

"We expect Boeing to take this bill", Norwegian said in an emailed statement to Reuters.

In the US, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines operate the Max 8 and United Airlines flies a slightly larger version, the Max 9.

Earlier this week, the US Federal Aviation Administration insisted that the planes were safe, despite growing concerns after the latest crash of the aircraft.

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