Africa: Ethiopian Airlines team up with stakeholders to conduct forensic investigation on ill-fated B737-Max aircraft
Following the tragic accident on Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 on 10th of March which claimed the lives of about 149 passengers and 8 crew on board, Ethiopian airlines has teamed up with all stakeholders concerned to conduct forensic investigations and identify the identities of the victims.
The said a committee comprising of Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, and Ethiopian Transport Authority has been set up to carry out the investigations saying that once the identities of the deceased are identified, their bodies will be delivered to their families and loved ones.
According to a statement, the airlines said it has already contacted the families of the victims to inform them of the tragic accident.
It said investigation will be carried out to determine the cause of the accident, in collaboration with all stakeholders including the aircraft manufacturer Boeing, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and other international entities.
Ethiopian Airlines will release further information as soon as it is available, through the airline’s website and social media pages
It stated that the airline has decided to ground all B-737-8 MAX fleet effective yesterday March 10, 2019 until further notice. “Although we don’t yet know the cause of the accident, we had to decide to ground the particular fleet as extra safety precaution. Ethiopian Airlines will release further information as soon as it is available. Updated information will also be on Ethiopian Airlines website at www.ethiopianairlines.com”
Nationals from thirty two countries were involved in the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 crash which happened in the early hours of Sunday 2019.
Data released from the airline revealed that 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, 9 Ethiopians, 8 Chinese, 8 Italians, 8 USA, and 7 French nationals and 7 United Kingdom nationals were involved in the ill-fated flight.
Other nationals involved in the flight include 8 Egyptians, 5 Germans, 4 Indians, 4 Slovakians, 3 Austrians, 3 Russians, 3 Swedish, 2 Spaniard, 2Isrealis , 2 Moroccans, and 2 Polish nationals.
The data also revealed that 1 Belgian, 1 Djibouti, 1 Indonesian, 1 Irish, 1 Mozambican, 1 Norwegian, 1 Rwandan, 1 Saudi, 1 Sudanese ,1 Somalian, 1 Serbian 1 Togolese, 1 Ugandan, 1 Yemenis, 1 Nepal and 1 Nigerian.
The aircraft, a B-737-800MAX crashed with all passengers on board enroute Nairobi.
The airline in a statement said the Group CEO who was at the scene of the accident confirmed that there was no survivor. The flight is believed to have 149 passengers and 8 crew members on board.
He expresses his profound sympathy and condolences to the families and loved ones of passengers and crew who lost their lives in this tragic accident. Ethiopian Airlines will release further information as soon as it is available.
“Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO deeply regrets the fatal accident involved on ET 302 /March 10 on a scheduled flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi. “