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Ethiopian Airlines crash kills 157, spreading global grief

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – An Ethiopian Airlines jet wave cooled and crashed Sunday just after starting from the country's capital, cutting out a gash in the earth and spreading global grief to 35 countries that had some of the 157 people killed. There was no immediate indication why the plane went down in clear weather while on flight to Nairobi, the capital of neighboring Kenya. The crash was strikingly similar to that of a Lion Air jet that killed in the ocean outside Indonesia minutes after launch last year and killed 189 people. Both accidents involved Boeing 737 Max 8. The crash split more than two years of relative calm into African heaven, where the journey has long been chaotic. It was also a serious blow to the state-owned Ethiopian airline, which has expanded to become the continent's largest and best-managed operator and turn Addis Ababa into the gateway to Africa. "Ethiopian Airlines is one of the safest airlines in the world. At this stage we cannot rule out anything," says CEO Tewolde Gebremariam to reporters. He visited the crash site, stood in the gaping crater stained with debris. Black ravenous bags were scattered nearby while the Red Cross and other workers were looking for remnants. As the sunset, the airline's chief executive said that the flight data base of the airplane had not yet been found. Around the world, families were arrested by grief. "Where are you, my son?" she said, in tears. Others wept as they approached the…

An Ethiopian Airlines jet wave cooled and crashed Sunday just after starting from the country’s capital, cutting out a gash in the earth and spreading global grief to 35 countries that had some of the 157 people killed.

There was no immediate indication why the plane went down in clear weather while on flight to Nairobi, the capital of neighboring Kenya. The crash was strikingly similar to that of a Lion Air jet that killed in the ocean outside Indonesia minutes after launch last year and killed 189 people. Both accidents involved Boeing 737 Max 8.

The crash split more than two years of relative calm into African heaven, where the journey has long been chaotic. It was also a serious blow to the state-owned Ethiopian airline, which has expanded to become the continent’s largest and best-managed operator and turn Addis Ababa into the gateway to Africa.

“Ethiopian Airlines is one of the safest airlines in the world. At this stage we cannot rule out anything,” says CEO Tewolde Gebremariam to reporters. He visited the crash site, stood in the gaping crater stained with debris.

Black ravenous bags were scattered nearby while the Red Cross and other workers were looking for remnants. As the sunset, the airline’s chief executive said that the flight data base of the airplane had not yet been found.

Around the world, families were arrested by grief. “Where are you, my son?” she said, in tears. Others wept as they approached the terminal.

Henom Esayas, whose sister’s Nigerian husband was killed, told The Associated Press that they were crumpled when a stranger picked up their cheeky calls to their cell phone and said he had found it in the garbage

The shocked UN leaders, UN refugee agency and World The food program announced that colleagues had been on the plan. U.N. migration agency estimates that approximately 1

9 employees related to U.N. were killed. Both Addis Ababa and Nairobi are major hubs for humanitarian workers and many people heading for a major UN environmental conference that began Monday in Nairobi.

Addis Ababa-Nairobi Road links East Africa’s two largest economic powers. Sunburn travelers and tour groups spend Addis Ababa Airport’s waiting positions, along with businessmen from China, the Gulf States and elsewhere.

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 mourning day.

At Nairobi Airport, they are hoping for their loved ones. “I’m just asking him to be safe or not,” said Agnes Muilu, who had come to fetch her brother.

The crash is likely to renew 737 Max questions, the newest version of Boeing’s popular single-passage airplane, first introduced in 1967 and becoming the world’s most common passenger jet.

Indonesian investigators have not decided the reason for the October crash, but days after the accident, Boeing sent a message to the airlines if incorrect information from a sensor can cause the plane to automatically point the nose down.

The Lion Air cockpit computer recorder showed that the jet’s air measurement indicator had malfunctioning on its last four flights, although the airline initially said that problems had been fixed.

Security experts warned against pulling too many comparisons between the two crashes until it is more known about Sunday’s disaster.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO “noted that there were no defects before the flight, so it is difficult to see any parallels with the Lion Air crash yet,” said Harro Ranter, founder of the Aviation Safety Network, which compiles accident information worldwide. 19659003] 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. Jet’s latest maintenance was February 4 and it had flown only 1200 hours.

The aircraft crashed six minutes after departure and plowed into the ground at Hejere near Bishoftu or Debre Zeit, about 50 kilometers outside Addis Ababa, at 8:44 pm

The jet showed unstable vertical speed after launch, the flight control said Flightradar 24. The senior Ethiopian pilot joined in the airline 2010 sent an emergency call and got permission to return to the airport, said the airline’s CEO to reporters.

In the United States said Fe deral the Aviation Administration that it would join the National Transport Safety Board to assist Ethiopian authorities with the crash investigation. Boeing planned to send a technical team to Ethiopia.

The last deadly crash of a passenger flight from Ethiopia Airlines was 2010 when a flight went down minutes after starting from Beirut and killing all 90 people on board.

African air travel has improved in recent years, with the International Air Transport Association in November noting “two years without death on any type of aircraft”.

Sunday’s crash comes as the country’s reformist young prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has promised 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 for triple capacity, the prime minister challenged the airline to build a new “Airport City” terminal in Bishoftu – where Sunday’s crash occurred.

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Yidnek reported from Bishoftu, Ethiopia.

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