Ethiopian Air­lines crash kills 157, spreads global grief

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stand­ing in the gap­ing crater flecked with de­bris.

Black body bags were spread out nearby while Red Cross and other work­ers looked for re­mains. As the sun set, the air­line’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer said the plane’s flight data recorder had not yet been found.

A jet­liner car­ry­ing 157 peo­ple crashed shortly af­ter take­off from the Ethiopian cap­i­tal Sun­day, killing ev­ery­one aboard, au­thor­i­ties said. At least 35 na­tion­al­i­ties were among the dead. (March 10)

Tap to un­mute Around the world, fam­i­lies were gripped by grief. At the Ad­dis Ababa air­port, a woman called a mo­bile num­ber in vain. “Where are you, my son?” she said, in tears. Oth­ers also was a se­ri­ous blow cried as they ap­proached to state-owned Ethiopian the ter­mi­nal. Air­lines, which has Henom Esayas, ex­panded to be­come the whose sis­ter’s Nige­rian con­ti­nent’s largest and hus­band was killed, told best-man­aged car­rier The As­so­ci­ated Press There was no im­me­di­ate ac­ci­dents in­volved the and turned Ad­dis Ababa they were star­tled when in­di­ca­tion why the Boe­ing 737 Max 8, and into the gate­way to Afr a stranger picked up plane went down in China or­dered a tem­po­rar­ily i ca. their fran­tic calls to his clear weather while on ground­ing of “Ethiopian Air­lines is mo­bile phone, told them a flight to Nairobi, the those planes for Chi­nese one of the safest air­lines he had found it in the cap­i­tal of neigh­bor­ing air­lines Mon­day. in the world. At this de­bris and promptly Kenya. The crash was The crash shat­tered stage we can­not rule switched it off. strik­ingly sim­i­lar to that more than two years of out any­thing,” CEO Shocked lead­ers of of a Lion Air jet in In­done­sian rel­a­tive calm in African Tewolde Ge­bre­mariam the United Na­tions, the seas last year, skies, where travel had told re­porters. He vis­ited U.N. refugee agency killing 189 peo­ple. Both long been chaotic. It the crash site, and the World Food Pro­gram In­done­sian woman freed 2 years

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AD­DIS ABABA, Ethiopia — An Ethiopian Air­lines jet fal­tered and crashed Sun­day shortly af­ter take­off, carv­ing a gash in the earth and spread­ing global grief to 35 coun­tries that had some­one among the 157 peo­ple who were killed. an­nounced that col­leagues had been on the plane. The U.N. mi­gra­tion agency es­ti­mated some 19 U.N.af­fil­i­ated em­ploy­ees were killed. Both Ad­dis Ababa and Nairobi are ma­jor hubs for hu­man­i­tar­ian work­ers, and many peo­ple were on their way to a large U.N. en­vi­ron­men­tal con­fer­ence set to be­gin Mon­day in Nairobi.

The Ad­dis AbabaNairobi route links East Africa’s two largest eco­nomic pow­ers. Sun­burned trav­el­ers and tour groups crowd the Ad­dis Ababa air­port’s wait­ing ar­eas, along with busi­ness­men from China, Gulf na­tions and el sew h er e.

A list of the dead re­leased by Ethiopian Air­lines in­cluded pas­sen­gers from China, the United States, Saudi Ara­bia, Nepal, Is­rael, In­dia and So­ma­lia. Kenya lost 32 cit­i­zens. Canada, 18. Sev­eral coun­tries in­clud­ing the United States lost four or more peo­ple.

Ethiopian of­fi­cials de­clared Mon­day a day of mourn­ing.

At the Nairobi air­port, hopes quickly dimmed for loved ones. “I just pray that he is safe or he was not on it,” said Agnes Muilu, who had come to pick up her brother.

The crash is likely to re­new ques­tions about the 737 Max , the new­est ver­sion of Boe­ing’s pop­u­lar sin­gle-aisle air­liner, which was first in­tro­duced in 1967 and has be­come the world’s most com­mon pas­sen­ger jet.

China’s civil avi­a­tion author­ity on Mon­day or­dered a nine-hour ground­ing of that model plane for safety rea­sons and said it would con­sult with Boe­ing and oth­ers fur­ther.

In­done­sian in­ves­ti­ga­tors have not de­ter­mined a cause for the Oc­to­ber crash, but days af­ter the ac­ci­dent Boe­ing sent a no­tice to air­lines that faulty in­for­ma­tion from a sen­sor could cause the plane to au­to­mat­i­cally point the nose down.

The Lion Air cock­pit data recorder showed that the jet’s air­speed indi­ca­tor had mal­func­tioned on its last four flights, though the air­line ini­tially said prob­lems had been fixed.

Safety ex­perts cau­tioned against draw­ing too many com­par­isons be­tween the two crashes un­til more is known about Sun­day’s di sast er.

The Ethiopian Air­lines CEO “stated there were no de­fects prior to the flight, so it is hard to see any par­al­lels with the Lion Air crash yet,” said Harro Ran­ter, founder of the Avi­a­tion Safety Net­work, which com­piles in­for­ma­tion about ac­ci­dents world­wide.

The Ethiopian plane was new, de­liv­ered to the air­line in Novem­ber. The Boe­ing 737 Max 8 was one of 30 meant for the air­line, Boe­ing said in July. The jet’s last main­te­nance was on Feb. 4, and it had flown just 1,200 hours.

The plane crashed six min­ute­safter de­par­ture , plow­ing into the ground at He­jere near Bishoftu, or De­bre Zeit, some 50 kilo­me­ters (31 miles) out­side Ad­dis Ababa, at 8:44 a.m.

The jet showed un­sta­ble ver­ti­cal speed af­ter take­off, air traf­fic mon­i­tor Fligh­tradar 24 said. The se­nior Ethiopian pi­lot, who joined the air­line in 2010, sent out a dis­tress call and was given clear­ance to re­turn to the air­port, the air­line’s CEO told r ep o r t er s.

In the U.S., the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion said it would join the Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board in as­sist­ing Ethiopian au­thor­i­ties with the crash in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Boe­ing planned to send a tech­ni­cal team to Et hi o pi a.

The last deadly crash of an Ethiopian Air­lines pas­sen­ger flight was in 2010, when a plane went down min­utes af­ter take­off from Beirut, killing all 90 peo­ple on boar d.

African air travel has im­proved in re­cent years, with the In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion in Novem­ber not­ing “two years free of any fa­tal­i­ties on any air­craft type.”

Sun­day’s crash comes as the coun­try’s re­formist young prime min­is­ter, Abiy Ahmed, has vowed to open up the air­line and other sec­tors to for­eign in­vest­ment in a ma­jor trans­for­ma­tion of the state-cen­tered econ­omy.

Speak­ing at the in­au­gu­ra­tion in Jan­uary of a new pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nal in Ad­dis Ababa to triple ca­pac­ity, the prime min­is­ter chal­lenged the air­line to build a new “Air­port City” ter­mi­nal in Bishoftu — where Sun­day’s crash oc­curred. (AP)

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