Pilot asked to return to base before crash, Ethiopian Airlines CEO reveals

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That leaves the United States as one of the few remaining operators of the plane. "I wish strength and sympathy for victims' families at this sad moment", Getu said.

Netanyahu opened up Sunday's weekly cabinet meeting by sending condolences to the families of the victims of the Ethiopian Airliner that crashed on its way to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, and by offering aid to the Ethiopian government.

Meanwhile, a Brampton, Ont., family was mourning multiple members who had been on their way to embark on a safari in Kenya.

Also among the other Canadians who died in the crash is Micah Messent, an Indigenous relations analyst from Vancouver Island, who was employed by BC Parks.

He immediately contacted his people and informed them that "for two small random circumstances", he lost the flight.

Fanu Getu, an Ethiopian village guard, still shivers when talking about witnessing the horrific aftermath of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 plane that crashed in his quiet farming village of Ejere, about 70 km east of Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. "What we can say is we don't have the capability to probe it here in Ethiopia".

GebreMariam stopped short of saying the planes should be grounded worldwide. Several other farmers in the area narrated similar story.

"Naturally our thoughts are with their families at this time and we will work with administration to make sure they get all the assistance they need", Richards added.

The flight, bound for Nairobi, was carrying delegates to a United Nations conference on the environment in the Kenyan capital.

"Thus far, our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft", acting FAA Administrator Daniel K. Elwell said in a statement. "In a third report, a pilot complained that the Boeing 737 MAX's flight manual was inadequate and 'almost criminally insufficient'".

Inger Andersen, the incoming United Nations environment chief, said the organisation was "devastated".

Ann Wangui Karanja, 60; Ryan, 7; Kerri, 4; Rubi, 9-months, and Carolyne Karanja, 34 were en route to Kenya for a very special visit.

It is unusual for black boxes - actually orange to aid their recovery - to be sent to a country not directly involved as the location of a crash, the place of registration of the aircraft, or in a manufacturing capacity, the AAIB said. She had been travelling home from Egypt where had recently facilitated a seminar.

"The process of identifying the victims will take at least five days", Ethiopian Airlines spokesman Asrat Begashaw told reporters in Addis Ababa on Tuesday.

Kosha Vaidya, a Kenyan-born Canadian citizen who lived in Ontario, Canada, with her family, died in the ghastly Sunday morning crash together with her father, mother, husband and two daughters.

Even if it requests help in downloading data and voice recordings, Ethiopia will retain control of the investigation and the relevant information, according to the AAIB.

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