Ethiopian Airlines said on Saturday that DNA testing of the remains of the 157 passengers on board flight 302 may take up to six month as it offered bereaved families charred earth from the plane crash site to bury. There were passengers from more than 30 nations were aboard in the plane during the crash.
A team of investigators from BEA Paris have begun examining the black box recorders recovered from the site where the Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane crashed into a field on Sunday after taking off from Addis Ababa.
“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.
Experts say it is too soon to know what caused the crash, but aviation authorities worldwide have grounded Boeing’s 737 MAXs, as concerns over the plane caused the company’s share price to tumble by around 10 percent.
Flight data has already indicated some similarities with a crash by the same model of plane during a Lion Air flight in October. All 189 people on board were killed. Both planes crashed within minutes of take off after pilots reported problems.
The grounding of Boeing’s 737 MAX jets after the crash in Ethiopia has had no immediate financial impact on airlines using the planes, but it will get painful for the industry the longer they do not fly, companies and analysts said on Friday
Boeing plans to release upgraded software for its 737 MAX in a week to 10 days, sources familiar with the matter said.