Ethiopia Declares National Mourning Day Following Plane Crash
Following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines plane leading to the death of 157 people from 33 countries, Ethiopia parliament has declared tomorrow March 11 to be a national mourning day.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia, who visited the accident site, expressed his condolence condolences to the people who lost their family members.
The Boeing 737 Max 8 plane was heading to Nairobi, Kenya from Addis Ababa this morning carrying 149 passengers and 8 crew members when it crashed six minutes later around Bishoftu some 45 kilometers from the capital, Addis Ababa.
The crashed plane Boeing 737 Max 800 has arrived 4 months ago from Boeing Company of the United States and all the maintenance check has been done properly.
He also indicated that both the capital and the first officers were experienced pilots, according to Mr. Tewolde Gebre-Mariam, CEO of Ethiopia Airlines Group.
Currently Ethiopian Airlines has five Boeing 767 Max-800. Mr. Tewolde told the state broadcaster – ETV this evening that based on the International Civil Aviation Organization’s procedures of investigation, the country where the plane is registered, the manufacturing country of the plane and the country where the plane has crushed will work on the investigation of such plane crashes.
He noted that in the case of today’s Ethiopian plane crash, the investigation will be undertaken by American and Ethiopian governments.
With over 16,000 employees Ethiopian Airlines has been one of the fastest growing airlines in Africa. Currently with 300 daily flights, Ethiopian Airlines has a few plane crash records in its 70 years aviation history.
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