Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Canada grounds Boeing 737 MAX jets following Ethiopia crash

Canada grounds Boeing 737 MAX jets following Ethiopia crash

An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed on March 10 morning en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi with 149 passengers and eight crew believed to be on board, Ethiopian Airlines said.

US and Ethiopian aviation safety officials discussed on Tuesday whether the flight data and cockpit voice recorders from Ethiopian Airlines flight 302, which crashed on Sunday on a flight to Nairobi, would go to Washington or London for download and analysis.

Grief has engulfed the world as victims, mostly humanitarian workers, ambassador, and worldwide experts, came from more than 35 countries.

Angela Rehhorn, of Orillia, ON, was one of the passengers on their way to participate in the United Nations' Environmental Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya.

He said it was not unusual for the black boxes to be sent overseas as not every country had the equipment needed to analyse the data.

The cause of Sunday's crash, which followed another disaster with a 737 Max five months ago in Indonesia that killed 189 people, remains unknown.

In the USA, both Boeing and the FAA say the planes are safe to fly.

On Tuesday, Norwegian Air Shuttles grounded its 18 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft on recommendation from European aviation authorities after Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines crash in which 157 people were killed.

Siim Kiisler, the Estonian environment minister, said: "We have lost fellow delegates, interpreters and United Nations staff".

Norwegian Air Shuttles says it will seek compensation from aircraft maker Boeing after the low-priced carrier grounded its fleet of 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

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Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia had said on Monday efforts were being made to contact some seven families yet to be reached, with the government confirming it had already contacted relatives of 25 Kenyans who were on board the ill-fated plane that crashed six minutes after takeoff from Bole International Airport.

Boeing said it stands by the plane.

"I feel so much loss".

Also on the flight was Isabella Beryl Achie, from Homabay county about 300 kilometres west of Nairobi.

Egyptian aviation authorities have banned the operation of all Boeing 737 Max aircrafts, citing safety concerns.

"At this point, based on the information available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators", Charlie Miller, Boeing's vice president of communications, said in a statement.

Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) and the French BEA both said they have so far had no request for help, though the AAIB would consider stepping in if asked, a spokesman said.

An Ethiopian pilot who saw the crash site minutes after the disaster told the AP that the plane appeared to have "slid directly into the ground".

On Tuesday, the European Union's aviation safety regulator suspended all flights in the bloc by the 737 MAX and a USA senator who chairs a panel overseeing aviation suggested the United States take similar action.

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