Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Grieving families given earth from Ethiopian crash site

Grieving families given earth from Ethiopian crash site

Papers given to the families at the Skylight Hotel on Saturday said death certificates would be issued within two weeks, and an initial payment made to cover immediate expenses.

Nations around the world, including an initially reluctant United States, have suspended 737 MAX models in operation.

However, there have been reports from pilots that the system tip the aircraft's nose downwards within minutes of take-off, forcing them to step in to stop the plane from dropping. That flight crashed into the Java Sea off Indonesia in October, killing 189 people. The BEA also said work resumed on the flight's data recorders. All 157 people from 35 countries who were on board were killed.

The airlines weren't able to produce reports of bodies because the passengers remains have been charred due a fire during the crash.

"The president reiterated his sorrow over the loss of life and underscored America's commitment to work with the government of Ethiopia - a longstanding partner and friend of the United States - and global civil aviation authorities to determine the cause of the crash", the White House said in a statement. "We are making all the necessary efforts to identify the cause of the accident", Ethiopian Minister of Transport Dagmawit Moges told reporters in Addis Ababa.

In Paris, investigators started studying the cockpit voice recorder of the crashed Ethiopian Airlines jet Saturday, grieving family members were given sacks of dirt to bury in place of the remains of their loved ones. They mentioned changes in the flight-control software, indicating that Boeing was already at work on a solution.

However, Boeing said, in a statement, that it expects the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to approve design changes to the planes' software "no later than April 2019".

The model is relatively new - only 371 such planes were flying - but another almost 5,000 are on order, meaning the financial implications are huge. Engineers are making changes to the system created to prevent an aerodynamic stall if sensors detect that the jet's nose is pointed too high and its speed is too slow. And then yesterday Ethiopian Airlines officials called us to a meeting but they don't have anything to say.

In the Lion Air crash, investigators are examining the behaviour of a new anti-stall system installed on the 737 MAX that led to the plane gaining and losing altitude as the pilots fought for control against the automated system.

Helane Becker, an airlines analyst with the Cowen Research financial services company said if the planes are grounded for a long time, ticket prices could rise because there will be fewer seats for sale if demand remains steady. Associated Press writers Isabel DeBre in Jerusalem, Dave Koenig in Houston and Tom Krisher in Detroit and video journalists Josphat Kasire and Desmond Tiro contributed.

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