Gobena Monday told the media the airline had grounded all its Boeing 737 Max 8 out of caution as investigations into the fatal crash continue. Air Canada has taken delivery of 23 of the 737 Max planes, according to Boeing.
In a joint press statement, Kenya's Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia and Ethiopian Airlines' Kenya country manager Yilma Goshu said that the government has reached out to the families of 25 of the 32 Kenyans who perished in the Sunday morning crash. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Boeing and US airlines, however, maintain that the 737 Max is safe to fly.
The black boxes from the crash have been recovered and an airline spokesman said they would be sent to Germany for analysis.
Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey joined the EU, UK and China in grounding their planes on Wednesday, isolating the USA regulator, who insists the Boeing 737 Max 8 is safe to fly.
Lion Air ordered 222 Boeing Max planes, including 218 of the Max 8 model and four Max 9 planes.
Though there is no proof of links, the twin disasters have spooked passengers, led to the grounding of most of Boeing's 737 MAX fleet and hammered shares in the world's biggest planemaker.
He said he was put onto the next flight to Nairobi and only found out about the crash later on.
"Aircraft accident investigation depends on global collaboration - all with the common goal of improving flight safety", he said.
A debate over automation lies at the centre of an investigation into October's Lion Air crash in Indonesia.
The Ethiopian Airlines plane's digital flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder were recovered on Monday; GebreMariam said they will be sent overseas for analysis, likely to either the USA or a country in Europe.
The passengers hail from more than 30 countries and Ethiopia has limited forensic facilities that could draw out the process of identifying the victims.
U.S. officials say the aircraft are still safe to fly.
"Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT", Trump tweeted, lamenting that product developers always sought to go an unnecessary step further when "old and simpler" was superior.
"The plane was swinging widely with smoke coming from its rear end just before it crashed".
"I do not know about you, but I do not want Albert Einstein to be my pilot". A focus there is the role of a software system created to push the plane down, alongside airline training and fix standards.
The family included 13-year-old Anushka Dixit, her 14-year-old sister Ashka, their mother, 37-year-old Kosha Vaidya, father 45-year-old Prerit Dixit, and grandparents 71-year-old Pannagesh Vaidya and 63-year-old Hansini Vaidya.
The new variant of the world's most-sold modern passenger aircraft was viewed as the likely workhorse for airlines for decades.
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