On Sunday, an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 aircraft crashed on takeoff from Addis Ababa killing all 157 people. The passengers were of various nationalities and backgrounds, to include 21 United Nations’ staffers.
Deeply saddened by the news this morning of the plane crash in Ethiopia, claiming the lives of all on board. My heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all the victims — including our own @UN staff — who perished in this tragedy.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) March 10, 2019
This is the second 737 MAX crash in less than six months. The aircraft was destined for Nairobi, but encountered issues shortly after takeoff.
We are following reports that Ethiopian Airlines flight #ET302 to Nairobi has crashed after take off from Addis Ababa.
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) March 10, 2019
China and Indonesia are among the countries who have grounded the 737 MAX aircraft until an investigation can occur. It is only right to be apprehensive of the Boeing aircraft at the moment. While the countries have taken the steps to ground the aircraft, the Federal Aviation Authority, has issued a memo stating that 737 MAX aircraft should not be grounded.
#BREAKING FAA memo obtained by ABC News:
FAA has told international aviation authorities that it does not have data indicating the Boeing 737 MAX should be grounded
Continuing to oversee changes made to the MAX’s flight control system… mandate coming by April pic.twitter.com/HoFKuh97jk
— Jeffrey Cook (@JeffreyCook) March 11, 2019
It has been reported that the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder have been recovered from the wreckage. This is good news. My hope is that this discovery provides answers to this horrific tragedy.