Recent Details Regarding Ethiopian Airline Crash

Category : News/Current Affairs
Posted By : AmnaAnees
Posted Date : 20 Mar 2019 16:04 hrs

ET-737-crashOn 10th March (2019), the whole world woke to the devastating news of Ethiopian airline crash in which all 157 souls aboard met their final destination, leaving behind tearful eyes of the loved ones, and numerous questions unanswered. Right after the crash, the whole world stirred and authorities rushed to investigate the incidence thoroughly. Here are some recent details regarding Ethiopian airline crash that have yet been coming into light after initial investigations.

•    Talk Between Ethiopian Prime Minister and President of the United States

On March 15, the office of the Prime Minister-Ethiopia tweeted about the exchange of phone call with the President of United States, saying, "PM Abiy Ahmed & @realDonaldTrump in a phone call today shared their condolences to the people of both countries for the loss of lives in the fatal Flight 302 President Trump hailed @flyethiopian as a strong institution & affirmed provision of technical support where needed."

"@realDonaldTrump also expressed support for the holistic reforms that have been taking place in Ethiopia over the past months. The two leaders concluded their call with a commitment to strengthen the two country’s long-standing diplomatic relationship."

•    Audit of All Boeing 737-Max 8 Jets As per the US Orders

On 19th March the US Government has ordered the Ethiopian aviation regulators to conduct a full-fledged audit on all 8 jets of Boeing 737 Max, thus to identify the actual cause of this tragic incident. With that, the Department of Transportation has asked the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) to " proceed with an audit to compile an objective and detailed factual history of the activities that resulted in the certification of the Boeing 737-MAX 8 aircraft" with the purpose to " help inform the Department’s decision making and the public’s understanding, and to assist the FAA in ensuring that its safety procedures are implemented effectively".

•    Return of Ethiopian Investigators from Paris

On March 17th, the French Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authority, BEA has tweeted about the matter, "03/10 accident to the #Boeing737Max @BoeingAirplanes @flyethiopian / Data from the CVR has been successfully downloaded by @BEA_Aero and transfered to the Ethiopian investigation team / communication on their behalf / @BEA_Aero did not listen to the audio files."

Then on March 18th, the official Twitter account tweeted, "03/10 accident to the #Boeing737Max @BoeingAirplanes @flyethiopian/ The Ethiopian accident investigation bureau has left @BEA_Aero after 3 days of coordinated technical work with our investigators and 1 day of debriefing."

Ethiopian investigators who were conducting the investigation of the crash returned on 19th March to Addis Ababa from Paris. In their stay in Paris, the investigators have studied and reviewed the data collected from the black box of the unfortunate airplane. The voice recordings from the cockpit and the flight data recordings are now being used for further investigations of the matter in question.

•    Further Investigation on Black Box

In the initial investigations of black box, the US Federal Aviation Administration said that this crash has enormous similarities with Lion Air crash that happened in Indonesia in October of last year. They said that "further investigation of the possibility of a shared cause for the two incidents.” The Indonesian aircraft crash killed 189 people. Both of these flights were carried on Boeing 737 Max 8 planes. 

Reporting about the similarities between the two incidents, CNN talked with the former head of aviation accident investigation bureau of France, Jean-Paul Troadec, who said, "I think the design of this system is not satisfactory as it relies on only one sensor," "In case this sensor fails, of course, the system doesn't work. And in this case, it could be difficult for the pilot to overreact to the system."

As per the data collected by the FAA, about 350 Boeing 737 Max 8 are currently operational all over the world. After the recent incident, it is ordered to ground all Boeing  737 Max jets from all around the world by FAA.

As per the experts, thorough investigations of this matter can reveal the reason behind more than 90 percent of the plane crashes. These are some recent details regarding Ethiopian airline crash that reveal links with other unfortunate crash incidents as well.

•    Approval of the Boeing Jests that Crashed by FAA officials is Now Under Scrutiny

After the investigation reports came on the surface, numerous questions about the approval process of the Federal Investigation Agency for the crashed jets are now being raised by the Department of Transportation.

Boeing CEO, Muilenburg issued a statement on March 17th saying, "Boeing continues to support the investigation, and is working with the authorities to evaluate new information as it becomes available. Safety is our highest priority as we design, build and support our airplanes.  As part of our standard practice following any accident, we examine our aircraft design and operation, and when appropriate, institute product updates to further improve safety.  While investigators continue to work to establish definitive conclusions, Boeing is finalizing its development of a previously-announced software update and pilot training revision that will address the MCAS flight control law's behavior in response to erroneous sensor inputs.  We also continue to provide technical assistance at the request of and under the direction of the National Transportation Safety Board, the U.S. Accredited Representative working with Ethiopian investigators.

In accordance with the international protocol, all inquiries about the ongoing accident investigation must be directed to the investigating authorities."

•    Funeral Ceremony of the Departed Souls

A massive, tear flooded burial service of all 157 passengers was held on March 17th in Bishoftu, an Ethiopian town. Family members, friends, all the loved ones, and the mourners attended this burial ceremony at the Trinity Cathedral Orthodox Church of the town in Addis Ababa.

•    Remains of the Bodies

Now that the remains are in the form of fragments, char, or smoked burns, so, it is excruciatingly difficult to return the remains of the bodies to the respective families, as DNA test requires at least 2 months to compile the results. The families are informed to get these after 6 months, and in the meantime, the piece of earth where that airplane had crashed will be given o the families. As per one news, Abdulmajid who has lost his brother in law in this unfortunate accident said that they already have conducted the service for his brother.
“We are Muslims we didn’t care about that (earth). We did yesterday our prayers at the mosque and that is all for us.”

By Amna A. for Ezega Blogs

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