Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

SA transport department to help probe deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash

SA transport department to help probe deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash

Ethiopian Airlines is making arrangements for relatives of 32 Kenyans who perished in Sunday's crash of flight ET302 to travel to Addis Ababa.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau said Tuesday that he had no plans to order Canada's planes out of the skies, but that "all options are on the table".

But much more about Sunday's crash remains unclear - including crucial questions over what caused the jet to go down. The news agency also notes that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan was a longtime Boeing manager.

A video posted on Twitter during this week claiming it shows the moment when the Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on Sunday killing 157 people was debunked.

Flight ET 302 came down in a field soon after takeoff from Addis Ababa, creating a fireball in a crater.

The 737 Max 8 was first placed into commercial service in May 2017 by a Malaysian airline, Malindo Air, the twin-engine plane rising in popularity due to its fuel saving and long-range capability.

The Ethiopian government is already taking preventive measures by announcing on Monday its decision to indefinitely ground all its Boeing 737 Max 8 planes. "However, this investigation has just begun and to date we have not been provided data to draw any conclusions or take any actions".

"The 737 MAX is a safe airplane that was designed, built and supported by our skilled employees who approach their work with the utmost integrity", the company said in part in a statement, adding that it extended its condolences to those killed in the crash. And Nikki Haley, Trump's former United Nations ambassador, has been nominated to join Boeing's board.

When Antonis Mavropoulos knew he missed the flight after arriving two minutes late on the boarding gate, the Greek man said he was initially enraged.

Suspension by respected European regulators was the worst setback yet for U.S. planemaker Boeing in the wake of Sunday's crash and put pressure on the United States to follow suit.

"The two dozen 737 Max aircraft in the American Airlines fleet are the only ones equipped with two AOA [Angle of Attack] displays, one for each pilot, providing an extra layer of awareness and warning", the union said.

On Monday evening, the FAA issued a notice declaring the plane airworthy.

"He was having difficulties with the flight control of the airplane, so he asked to return back to base", he said.

The investigation into the Ethiopian crash is still in its early stages, and experts have warned against drawing conclusions, despite similarities between the two deadly disasters.

The three USA airlines using the 737 MAX - Southwest Airlines Co, American Airlines Group Inc and United Airlines - stood by the aircraft, although many potential passengers took to social media to express concerns, asking if they could change flights or cancel.

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