Process to identify remains from Ethiopian Airlines crash underway

Process to identify remains from Ethiopian Airlines crash underway

France's Bureau of Inquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA) received the flight data and cockpit voice recorders on Thursday.

The Ethiopian carrier said DNA testing of the remains of the people on board flight 302 may take up to six months, and it offered bereaved families charred earth from the plane crash site to bury.

The plane crashed minutes after taking off from an Addis Ababa airport bound for Nairobi.

"We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again", said a Boeing Company representative.

Canada's biggest carrier Air Canada suspended its 2019 financial forecasts, while United Airlines, the No. 3 US carrier, said it would see an adverse effect on its operations if the jets remained grounded heading into the peak summer travel season.

Moges said temporary death certificates had been issued for the victims of the March 10 crash and the final documents will be ready within two weeks.

"We were told by the company that we will be given a kilo (of earth) each for burial at Selassie Church for a funeral they will organize", said one family member who asked not to be named.

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The Montreal-based company said its guidance for the years 2020 and 2021 for return on invested capital and margin on earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), as well as the cumulative free cash flow over the 2019-2021 period, remains in place.

Around 100 relatives, including the brother and father of pilot Yared Getachew, gathered at a memorial for the victims at the Kenyan embassy. "I would like to emphasize his record and that he was a rising star at Ethiopian Airlines".

Transport Canada issued a safety notice on Wednesday restricting commercial use of the aircraft, citing new information from satellite tracking data that suggested "a possible, although unproven" similarity to the deadly Lion Air crash involving the same aircraft in October. People of 35 nationalities were killed in the crash.

However, there have been incidents of pilots reporting that the system tipped the aircraft's nose downwards within minutes of take-off, forcing them to step in to stop the plane from dropping.

Flyadeal ordered 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8s last December with purchasing options for 20 more in a deal that Boeing said was worth $5.9 billion at list prices.

Boeing plans to release upgraded software for the 737 MAX in a week to 10 days, sources familiar with the matter said.

The Ethiopian investigation into the crash is being assisted by teams from around the world, including the United States and France.

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