Ethiopian Airlines flight took off from Addis Ababa for Nairobi but crashed six minutes into the journey killing all 149 passengers and eight crew members.
Families of those killed aboard Ethiopia Airlines flight 302 must wait at least five days to begin receiving some victims’ remains, the company said on Tuesday, though the identification of others is expected to take much longer.
“The process of identifying the victims will take at least five days,” Ethiopian Airline spokesman Asrat Begashaw told reporters in Addis Ababa on Tuesday.
Due to the impact and ensuing fire, the identification of some remains could take weeks or months and may need to be done via dental records or DNA, an industry expert told Reuters.
The process will be complicated because the passengers came from over 30 countries and Ethiopia has limited forensic capabilities, the expert added, asking not to be named.
Witnesses recounts moments before impact and U.S. officials are traveling to Ethiopia to investigate the cause of a jetliner crash that left 157 people dead.
India’s Ministry of Aviation has shut down the country’s airspace to all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft as of Wednesday, the latest country to take action following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302.
It followed an earlier decision by the government to ground Indian airlines’ entire Max 8 fleet on Tuesday.
The ban will begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, the ministry said on its official Twitter.
Kuwait’s Directorate General for Civil Aviation said it is suspending operation of all Boeing 737 Max 8 flights until further notice.
The DGCA said it is taking the action after two planes of the same type crashed in the past five months.
The ban applies to all Boeing 737 Max 8 flights, including those in transit, the DGCA said.
The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arab Emirates banned all operation of Boeing 737 Max 8s and 9s from flying in its airspace following the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash.
The planes are not allowed to fly until further notice.
No operator shall operate the Boeing 737-8 ‘MAX’ and Boeing 737-9 ‘MAX’ aircraft from, in to or over the United Arab Emirates Airspace,” the GCAA said in a statement.
The only two nations still flying a substantial numbers of Boeing 737 MAX 8s are the United States and Canada.
President Trump and Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenberg spoke by telephone today, following the president’s tweet about how flying has become too complicated, according to two sources familiar with the conversation.
Muilenberg, who has talked to Trump frequently and appeared alongside him several times during the first two years of his presidency, spoke to the president after he tweeted, “Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly.”
Why it matters: This would be the first known conversation between the Boeing CEO and the president since the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines plane Sunday, which has led countries around the world to ground the 737 Max 8.
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