Parts found at scene of Ethiopian Airlines crash site
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Tuesday, March 12th, 2019
BISOHFTU, Ethiopia —Plane parts were recovered on Monday (March 11) at the site of an Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet which crashed minutes after take-off killing all 157 people on board.
At the site, men in Red Cross jackets and face masks picked through a large crater, putting items in black paper bags. Clothing, boarding passes, serviettes and other personal effects were scattered over the field along with charred bodies and debris from the shattered jet.
The Ethiopian Airlines jet plunged into an arid field minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa for Nairobi on Sunday (March 10), killing all on board. The victims came from more than 30 nations and included 22 United Nations’ staff.
The crash follows one of the same aircraft model operated by Indonesia’s Lion Air, which went down in October shortly after take-off, killing all 189 people on board.
The discovery of the black box on Monday with both the cockpit voice recorder and digital flight data, reported by Ethiopian state TV, should shed light on the cause of the crash.
Ethiopia’s parliament declared Monday a day of mourning.
The dead included aid workers, doctors, professors of literature and botany, a law student, a newly-wed woman, a father soon expecting a child, and a couple who recently had a baby. (REUTERS)
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