Ethiopia to send 737's black boxes to Europe in snub to US

14 March, 2019, 07:41 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Man Says He Missed Doomed Ethiopian Airlines Flight by Minutes: 'I Collapsed'

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 plunged into a field minutes after take-off from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Sunday, killing all 157 people aboard.

The ZAKA volunteers sent to Ethiopia at the request of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to retrieve the remains of the two Israeli passengers who died in the Sunday crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 began searching the crash site Tuesday for the bodies of the two victims. They included a number of youth travelling to a United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi.

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke to Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg and got assurances the aircraft was safe and did not need to be grounded, two people briefed on the call said.

Possibly presaging a raft of claims, Norwegian Air said it would seek recompense for lost revenue and extra costs after grounding its 737 MAX aircraft.

Siim Kiisler, the Estonian environment minister, said: "We have lost fellow delegates, interpreters and United Nations staff".

The pilots' union for Southwest Airlines, which has the largest 737 MAX fleet in the world with 34 aircraft, said on Wednesday that it remained confident in the model even after Canada's decision to ground the jet.

Boeing, the world's biggest planemaker, has said it retains "full confidence" in the 737 MAX.

The Federal Aviation Administration has not taken any action at this point.

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According to the company, this has been in the works since the loss of Lion Air Flight 610 in Indonesia on October 29, 2018.

"I'm grateful to live and that I have so many friends that made me feel their love - kisses to all and a warm thank you for your touching support".

The pilot "reported back to air traffic controllers that he was having flight control problems", but cited no other issues, GebreMariam told the Wall Street Journal.

It is unusual for black boxes - actually orange to aid their recovery - to be sent to a country not directly involved as the location of a crash, the place of registration of the aircraft, or in a manufacturing capacity, the AAIB said. The EU, China, Indonesia, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, India and others have temporarily suspended the plane.

The passengers hail from more than 30 countries and Ethiopia has limited forensic facilities that could draw out the process of identifying the victims.

The announcement from the Civil Aviation Department cited the crash of two of the planes within less than five months and said the ban would continue "until further notice". "I want great flying professionals that are allowed to easily and quickly take control of a plane!"

In a joint press statement, Kenya's Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia and Ethiopian Airlines' Kenya country manager Yilma Goshu said that the government has reached out to the families of 25 of the 32 Kenyans who perished in the Sunday morning crash.

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