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Black Box Recovered From Crashed Ethiopian Airline, UN Mourns

Investigators have found the flight data recorders from an Ethiopian Airline plane that crashed, yesterday.
The devices recovered at the crash site were the Boeing 737 Max 8’s cockpit voice recorder and digital flight data recorder.
The plane was en route from Addis Ababa to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, when it crashed six minutes after take-off, killing all 157 people on board. Several airlines have grounded the Boeing model following the disaster.
The months-old aircraft came down near the town of Bishoftu, 60km (37 miles) south-east of the capital at 08:44 local time (05:44 GMT).
There were people of more than 30 nationalities on the flight, including Kenyans, Ethiopians, Canadians, and Britons.
The cause of the disaster is not yet clear. But the pilot had reported difficulties and asked to return to Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Airlines said.
“At this stage, we can’t rule out anything,” CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said. “We can’t also attribute the cause to anything because we’ll have to comply with the international regulation to wait for the investigation.”
Visibility was said to be good but air traffic monitor Flightradar24 reported that the plane’s “vertical speed was unstable after take-off”.
The pilot was named as Senior Capt Yared Getachew who Ethiopian Airlines said had a “commendable performance” with more than 8,000 hours in the air. Meanwhile, the United Nation has expressed shock over the crash. A statement made available to newsmen said the UN was deeply saddened.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and colleaques of the victim of the crash.
“The UN family is mourning the loss of our colleaques and friends, many of whom lost their lives carrying out professional duties” the statement added.

cc:leadership.ng

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