Feature: Eyewitnesses recall horrific aftermath of Ethiopian Airlines plane crash

Leroy Wright
March 14, 2019

A Greek man has posted on Facebook saying he missed the Ethiopian Airlines flight, that crashed just after off, by mere minutes.

The victims come from 35 countries, and eight of them are American.

Chinese relatives of victims who died in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 airliner visit the scene south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

Flight 302 to Nairobi, Kenya went down minutes after takeoff from Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.

The plane's Black Box was retrieved on Monday, and is expected to help investigators in the quest to know the cause of the crash.

The FAA has refused to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8, leaving the USA in an increasingly small minority, the BBC reports.

"According to the air traffic controller recorded voice exchange, the pilot reported flight control problems and was finding it hard to control the plane".

However, there is no way of knowing if anything other than coincidence is to blame. On Monday, the FAA released details of a series of design changes and training requirements mandated from Boeing on the MAX fleet after the Indonesia crash. Most are caused by a unique chain of human and technical factors.

Pilot Yared Getachew, who had more than 8,000 flight hours of experience, "was having difficulties with the flight control" and requested a return to the airport in Addis Ababa, GebreMariam told CNN, citing recordings of communications between the plane and air traffic controllers.

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What she didn't expect was what happened after the nurse opened the door. Her mother, Catherine Quintana, was not happy after seeing the video.

Quindos however said the family would not be sending a representative to Addis Ababa on Tuesday, adding they had made a decision to return to Nakuru where family meetings are being held.

Little is known about the Ethiopian Airlines pilots flying the jet on Sunday morning. What particular problems he cited in those communications are unclear.

"At this point, based on the information available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators", Charlie Miller, Boeing's vice president of communications, said in a statement.

According to the daily, many airlines had schedules planned around deliveries of the 737 Max, which could be affected by a prolonged grounding.

However, despite the two fatal crashes over the past five months, Canadian airlines will not be grounding their Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleets.

Although no Ghanaian was among the casualties, it has been confirmed that over 30 other nationalities were among those on board the new Boeing 737-8 MAX plane that crashed.

According to flight tracking website Flightradar24, use of the 737 Max has plummeted around the world.

"DNA work has not started yet", Begashaw said.

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