Ethiopian Airlines says it has decided to ground all B-737-8 Max aircraft in its fleet, one of which was involved in a tragic accident on Sunday.
The airline in a statement made available to Ripples Nigeria stated that the grounding is with effect from yesterday (Sunday).
Recall that a Kenya-bound Ethiopian Airlines with 149 passengers and 8 crew members, in which there were two Nigerians crashed in the Bishoftu region of the country, with everyone on board reported dead.
The airline noted that although the cause of the accident is yet unknown, it decided to ground the particular fleet as extra safety precaution.
Among the 157 victims of the crash were two Nigerians; a retired ambassador, Abiodun Bashua and Nigerian-born Canadian scholar, Professor Pius Adesanmi.
The victims were of 35 Nationalities.
In a press conference held at Ethiopian Airlines Headquarters, the Group CEO, soon after the crash, had remarked, that “It is too early to speculate the cause of the accident and further investigation will be carried out to find out the cause of the accident in collaboration with all stakeholders including the aircraft manufacturer Boeing, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and other international entities to maintain the international standard and information will be provided once the cause is identified”.
A senior captain named Yared Getachew with a cumulative flight hour of more than 8000 was commanding the flight along with first officer Ahmed Nur Mohammod Nur who had a flight hour of 200.
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