Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Ethiopian Airlines crash relatives offered earth for ceremony

Ethiopian Airlines crash relatives offered earth for ceremony

Boeing is upgrading the stall prevention software on its 737 MAX, industry sources said Friday, as French investigators scoured black box data from the latest of two deadly crashes involving the aircraft in recent months. All insisted upon anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

"The soil came as it became impossible to identify bodies and hand over remains to family members", one family member reportedly said, adding: "We will not rest until we are given the real body or body parts of our loved ones".

Ethiopian Minster of Transport Dagmawit Moges said it will likely take five to six months to complete the identification, but DNA samples were already being collected from the relatives of victims to aid in the process. However, authorities say they will issue death certificates within two weeks. The victims of the crash came from 35 countries.

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.

An Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 from San Francisco approaches for landing at Toronto Pearson International Airport over a parked Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, March 13, 2019.


The announcement comes in the wake of last week's Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 passengers and crew onboard.

Saudi Arabian budget airline flyadeal will wait until investigations into two Boeing 737 MAX crashes are completed before deciding whether to proceed with a signed order for 30 of the jets, its CEO said on Friday.

According to the flight data recorder, the pilots of Lion Air Flight 610 struggled to control the aircraft as the MCAS repeatedly pushed the nose down after takeoff.

Speaking in a "panicky voice", the doomed aircraft's captain requested permission to return to the airport nearly immediately after takeoff as the plane "accelerated to abnormal speed", the newspaper reported Thursday, citing a person who had reviewed the air traffic communications. Engineers are making changes to the system created to prevent an aerodynamic stall if sensors detect that the jet's nose is pointed too high and its speed is too slow.

Trump and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed exchanged condolences Friday, Abiy said on Twitter, with the United States president praising Ethiopian Airlines as a "strong institution" and offering technical support.

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