Families of Ethiopia plane crash victims storm out of meeting with airline

Family members say called for report on bodies and reasons for crash but received no information

Reuters March 14, 2019
Ethiopian Airlines had said it would work with Boeing, the national civil aviation authority and international experts in trying to unravel what caused the brand new plane to come down just six minutes into its flight. PHOTO: AFP

ADDIS ABABA: The families of people killed in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash stormed out of a meeting with the airline in Addis Ababa on Thursday, complaining of a lack of information.

“I’m so angry,” said Yemeni citizen Abdulmajid Shariff, 38, who lost his brother-in-law in Sunday’s crash. “They called us to give us a report on bodies and the reasons for the crash but there was no information.”

Riyadh resident Sultan al Mutairi, whose brother was among the 157 people killed in the crash, told Reuters: “We did not get any answers (at the meeting).”

Search for clues to Ethiopia crash as China grounds Boeing 737 MAX 8

The brand new MAX 8 plane — one of Boeing’s flagship aircraft — came down on March 10 just six minutes into its flight to Nairobi, killing all 157 people on board.

The airline it was pulling its stable of 737 Max from service, hours after China’s air safety regulator ordered domestic airlines to do the same.

Eight crew and 149 passengers from 35 countries perished when Flight ET 302 smashed into a field, 60 kilometres (40 miles) southeast of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, leaving a huge crater.