Ethiopian Airlines crash prompts Boeing safety concerns

Investigations are currently underway as to what caused the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302.

Yesterday, the B737-800MAX which was en route to Nairobi, Kenya crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa, resulting in the death of all 149 passengers and eight crew members.

In a press conference held at Ethiopian Airlines Headquarters yesterday, Tewolde GebreMariam, the group’s CEO who had travelled to the scene of the crash, said: “It is too early to speculate the cause of the accident and further investigation will be carried out to find out the cause of the accident in collaboration with all stakeholders including the aircraft manufacturer Boeing, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and other international entities to maintain the international standard and information will be provided once the cause is identified. Ethiopian Airlines will provide all the necessary support to the families of the victims.”

The latest news issued from the airline is that the Digital Flight Data Recorder and Cockpit Voice Recorder of ET302 have now been recovered. Time will be required however for it to be fully analysed.

Following the tragic incident, the airline has decided to ground its B737-8 MAX fleet until further notice as an additional safety precaution.

Although the exact cause of the accident has yet to be identified, global news rooms have placed a particular focus on the model of plane and its manufacturer, Boeing, due to this being the second of its type to crash in five months. In October, a Lion Air flight came down off Indonesia killing 189 people.


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