Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Two victims of Ethiopia plane crash with B.C. connections

Two victims of Ethiopia plane crash with B.C. connections

All 157 people on board died.

The victims come from 35 countries, and eight of them are American.

The pilot of a doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight reported having "flight control problems" soon before the crash, the airline's CEO says.

Ethiopian Airlines has since grounded its Boeing 737 MAX 8 from its fleet following the tragedy.

He said satellite data suggested similarities between the flight profiles of the Ethiopian jet and that of a Lion Air plane of the same type that crashed in Indonesia a year ago.

In both the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes, the airplane immediately showed signs of trouble, with an erratic flight path that ascended and then descended before the airliner crashed minutes later.

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An Air Canada Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft arriving from Toronto prepares to land at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, British Columbia on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

Norwegian Air said it would seek recompense for lost revenue and extra costs after grounding its 737 MAX aircraft.

"At this point, based on the information available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators", Charlie Miller, Boeing's vice president of communications, said in a statement. They were 0.7 percent higher in NY around midday on Wednesday.

NAN reports that Asrat Begashaw, Head of Public Relations at Ethiopian Airlines, said embassy officials from various nations would accompany the families on the grim trip to the scene where human remains are still being gathered.

Boeing has said it has full confidence in the 737 MAX - a model that has 371 jets in operation around the world.

"Two major fatal accidents on the same airplane model, brand new airplane model, in six months - so there are a lot of questions to be answered on the airplane", he said. But October's Lion Air crash in Indonesia sparked a debate on automation, particularly over a software system created to push the plane down to stop a stall during flight.

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