UK, more countries grounding Boeing 737 Max 8 planes after Ethiopian Airlines crash

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UK, more countries grounding Boeing 737 Max 8 planes after Ethiopian Airlines crash.

Britain joined a growing number of countries grounding a new Boeing plane involved in the Ethiopian Airlines disaster as a global team of investigators began picking through the rural crash site on Tuesday.

Some airlines cited worried customers for grounding the Boeing 737 Max 8, as experts chased details on why the plane crashed shortly after takeoff Sunday, killing all 157 on board.

Ethiopian Airlines had issued no new updates on the crash as of late afternoon as families around the world waited for answers. Some insights into the disaster and its cause could take months, aviation experts said.

Oman and South Korean airline Eastar Jet also were the latest to halt use of the Boeing 373 Max 8. Malaysia, Australia and Singapore suspended all flights into or out of their countries.

The U.S.-based Boeing, however, has said it has no reason to pull the popular aircraft from the skies, and it does not intend to issue new recommendations about the aircraft to customers. Its technical team joined American, Israeli, United Arab Emirates, Kenyan and other aviation experts in the investigation led by Ethiopian authorities.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it expects Boeing will soon complete improvements to an automated anti-stall system suspected of contributing to the deadly crash of another new Boeing 737 Max 8 in October, and update training requirements and related flight crew manuals.

Safety experts have cautioned against drawing too many comparisons too soon with that Lion Air crash of the same model that killed 189 people in Indonesia.

The Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed in clear weather six minutes after taking off for Nairobi.

One witness told The Associated Press that he saw smoke coming from the plane’s rear before it crashed in a rural field. “The plane rotated two times in the air, and it had some smoke coming from the back then, it hit the ground and exploded,” farmer Tamrat Abera said.

It should take five days before any victims’ remains are identified, Ethiopian Airlines spokesman Asrat Begashaw told the AP. The dead came from 35 countries and included dozens of humanitarian workers.

A pilot who saw the crash site minutes after the disaster told the AP the plane appeared to have “slid directly into the ground.”

Mourners attend a memorial service in Addis Ababa,

A family member of a victim involved in a plane crash talks on a mobile phone at Addis Ababa international airport on March 10, 2019. Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed shortly after takeoff from Ethiopia’s capital on Sunday morning, killing all 157 people thought to be on board, the airline and state broadcaster said, as anxious families rushed to airports in Addis Ababa and the destination, Nairobi.
Airport staff setup a help desk at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya to get information about the Ethiopia Airlines flight.
Family members of the victims involved in a plane crash react at Addis Ababa International Airport in Ethiopia.
A Djiboutian national Hiba, left, is comforted by a relative at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya as she waits for details about her loved one that was on board the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed.
People look at the arrival flight schedule for their colleagues who were allegedly onboard the plane that crashed in Ethiopia while waiting at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya.
Relatives comfort each other at a help center set up for the relatives of passengers of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 at a hotel, at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya.
A Kenyan woman, right, is comforted by a Red Cross worker at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya after getting information about her loved ones that were on board the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed.
A rescue team carries a victim at the crash site of Ethiopia Airlines Flight 302 near Bishoftu, a town about 60 km southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Rescuers remove body bags from the scene of an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed shortly after takeoff at Hejere near Bishoftu in Ethiopia.
Rescue teams collect bodies at the crash site of Ethiopia Airlines Flight 302 near Bishoftu, Ethiopia.
The CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam, looks at the wreckage of the plane that crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Rescue teams collect bodies at the crash site of Ethiopia Airlines Flight 302 near Bishoftu, Ethiopia.
Debris at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 that crashed shortly after takeoff.
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Capt. Solomon Gizaw was among the first people dispatched to find the crash site, which was discovered by Ethiopia’s air force.

“There was nothing to see,” he said. “It looked like the earth had swallowed the aircraft. … We were surprised!” He said it explained why rescue officials quickly sent bulldozers to begin digging out large pieces of the plane.

Investigators on Monday found the jetliner’s two flight recorders at the crash site. An airline official, however, told the AP one recorder was partially damaged.

“The engine is here, the wreckage, the humans, the flesh and remains, still we are collecting,” one investigator at the site, Amdey Fanta, said Tuesday.

Ethiopian Airlines, widely seen as Africa’s best-managed airline, grounded its remaining four 737 Max 8s until further notice as “an extra safety precaution.” The carrier had been using five of the planes and was awaiting delivery of 25 more.

Airlines in China and Indonesia, Aeromexico, Brazil’s Gol Airlines, India’s Jet Airways and others also have temporarily grounded their 737 Max 8s.

As the global team searched for answers, a woman stood near the crash site, wailing.

Kebebew Legess said she was the mother of a young Ethiopian Airlines crew member among the dead.

“She would have been 25 years old but God would not allow her,” she wept. “My daughter, my little one.”

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