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Ethiopia: We have no capacity to analyse black boxes of ill-fated aircraft

Sheppernard N. Mosomi
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The Ethiopian Airlines plane. [Photo/Alfayo Otuke, Facebook]

The world might wait for a little bit longer to know the exact cause of Boeing 737 MAX accident in Ethiopia which led to the death of 157 people, it has emerged.

The March 10th plane crash took place 60KM South of the Capital Addis Ababa, with rescue mission hitting dead end after all those on board were reported to have perished.

Even with the presence of engineers from Boeing company, the largest planemakers, Ethiopia now wants to send the black boxes abroad for analysis.

“There is no capacity here so the black box will be sent elsewhere for analysis. The investigation team will decide where,” the spokesman told Reuters.

Adding to the pressure on Boeing, Norwegian Air said it would seek recompense for lost revenue and extra costs after grounding its 737 MAX aircraft.

“We expect Boeing to take this bill,” Norwegian said in an emailed statement to Reuters.

Besides the expected long wait to establish the cause of the accident, the affected families may also have nothing to bury after it emerged that the DNA tests could take several months since the bodies were completely dismembered.

Kenya was the worst hit having recorded 32 deaths with Canada following closely at 18. The aircraft carried people from 33 nationalities.

Transport minister James Macharia said the country will facilitate travel and accommodation for those who may have lost their loved ones to Addis Ababa.

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