Dozens of relatives have flocked to the crash site of the Ethiopia Airlines near Bishoftu, a town some 60 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa where 157 souls lost their lives on Sunday, including Nigeria’s Prof. Pius Adesanmi and Ambassador Abiodun Bashua.
Concise News reports that it could take weeks, if not months for the remains of the deceased to be sent to their families, complicating matters even more for families who demand the body of their loved ones to lay them to rest as soon as possible. Bodies aboard the fatal Ethiopian Airlines plane may take days to identify, officials say. Therefore, it may take some time before the non-Ethiopian victims are transferred to their respective countries.
The passengers hail from more than 30 countries and Ethiopia has limited forensic facilities that could draw out the process of identifying the victims. And as the griefing goes on, problems are piling up for Boeing. The company has announced that it has sent a technical team to the crash site to help with the investigation.
Meanwhile, Europe and India have joined a wave of countries grounding the Boeing 737 Max.
They join a long list of countries in suspending the plane, including the UK.
It comes after the second fatal accident involving the 737 Max 8 model in less than five months.
US officials say the aircraft are still safe to fly.
However, the US Association of Flight Attendants-CWA union is now calling for the Federal Aviation Administration “to temporarily ground the 737 Max fleet in the US out of an abundance of caution”.
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