Ethiopian investigators and rescue teams have recovered the flight data recorders of the plane, crashed on Sunday leaving all on board dead. Ethiopian parliament has announced a day of national mourning in memory of the victims of the plane crash.
Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crashed on Sunday six minutes after takeoff at about 08:44 local time (05:44 GMT).
The recovered devices consisted of cockpit voice recorder and digital flight data recorder of Boeing 737 Max 8. The plane flew from Addis Ababa to Nairobi and crashed six minutes after takeoff leaving all 157 on board dead. The aircraft came down near the town of Bishoftu at about 08:44 local time (05:44 GMT).
Following the crash, many airlines have grounded the Boeing model until further notice. People from 30 nationalities lost their lives in the crash including Kenyans, Ethiopians, Canadians, Britons and 19 United Nations staff.
Boeing 737 Max 8 plane’s black box found by the investigators.
According to Ethiopian Airlines, the pilot has reported difficulties in the flight and also requested to return back to Addis Ababa. Ethiopian Airlines CEO explained that “at this stage, we can’t rule out anything. We can’t also attribute the cause to anything because we’ll have to comply with the international regulation to wait for the investigation.”
Ethiopian Airlines CEO at the crash site
Air traffic monitor said that the plane’s vertical speed was not balanced after takeoff though visibility was good. Ethiopian airlines have started using the 737 Max 8 aircraft in 2017. Boeing Company expressed deep sorrows over the plane crash and also sent a team on the scene for technical assistance.
Former Inspector General of the US Transportation Department, Mary Schiavo called it highly suspicious. if a brand-new aircraft went down twice in a year then this “rings alarm bells in the aviation industry because that just doesn’t happen.”
All victims of Ethiopian plane crash belong to 30 nations with 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Italians, eight Chinese, eight Americans, seven French citizens, six Egyptians, five Germans, four Indians, four from Slovakia and seven Britons.
19 United Nations staff were also traveling on the plane to attend a session of its Environment Assembly in Nairobi.
Director-general of the UN Office in Geneva also called it the biggest catastrophe in recent years.
The Executive Director of the World Food Program, David Beasley also reported the death of seven members of the agency’s staff in the crash.
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