Boeing laments air crash in Ethiopia and offers technical assistance

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Boeing laments air crash in Ethiopia and offers technical assistance Wreckage lies at the crash site of Ethiopia Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 en route to Nairobi, Kenya, near Bishoftu, Ethiopia, 10 March 2019. EFE / EPA

 New York, .- The American aeronautical firm Boeing lamented on Sunday the death of 157 people in the plane crash of Ethiopian Airlines, which operated one of its aircraft, and offered technical assistance.

“Boeing is deeply saddened by the death of the passengers and the crew of the Ethiopian Airlines 302 flight, a 737 Max 8 aircraft,” the company said in a brief statement.

In addition to offering its condolences to the victims, Boeing extended its hand to the Ethiopian airline by providing “a technical team” under the conditions of the US authorities.
“A Boeing technical team is prepared to provide technical assistance if requested and under the direction of the National Transportation Safety Board of the United States,” the note said.

An Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on Sunday shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) to Nairobi (Kenya) and there were no survivors among its 157 passengers, of 33 nationalities, the company confirmed.

The CEO of the airline, which is the largest in Africa, Tewolde Gebre Mariam, said at a press conference on site that the “causes of the accident” of the device, a new Boeing 737 Max 8, acquired in last november

The flight left the Addis Ababa International Airport at 08.38 local time (05.38 GMT) and disappeared from the radar six minutes later. It crashed some 42 kilometers southeast of the city, near Bishoftu.

The senior executive said that the pilot warned the control tower that he had “difficulties” and asked to return to the airport in the Ethiopian capital, for which he received permission.

The accident occurred less than five months after, in October 2018, another airplane of the same model that operated the company Lion Air crashed in Indonesia within 12 minutes of taking off, according to one of the black boxes for failures in the automatic system , causing the death of 189 people. (EFEUSA)

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