Ethiopian Airlines flies 737 MAX with passengers for the first time since a fatal collision

Addis Abeva-Ethiopian Airlines plans to resume flight of the Boeing 737 MAX on Tuesday, but it is the first airline to use this model since the crash caused regulators to land the fleet worldwide nearly three years ago. Opinions are divided about flight.

In March 2019, six minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, a flight to Nairobi crashed in the field, killing 157 passengers and all crew members. The accident followed another incident five months ago, when the same model crashed in Indonesia, killing 189 people.

The accident revealed a problem with the aircraft’s system, the model was grounded around the world, Boeing cost about $ 20 billion, and caused a proceeding that exposed the shortcomings of the certification process.

The airline said it would fly around Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, and return to Addis Ababa with journalists, diplomats and officials.

Some of the relatives of those who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash were angry with the decision to resume the 737 MAX flight.

“I never fly in MAX. Certainly, if I find myself booked in MAX, I have to cancel that flight,” said Kenya, who lost his 29-year-old brother George in a crash. Attorney Tom Kabau said.

Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement on January 22 that the decision was made “after a thorough recertification” by multiple regulators.

Ethiopia is one of the last countries to bring the 737 MAX back into service. Already flying in America, Europe, China, Australia, Japan and Indonesia.

“We spent enough time monitoring design changes and over 20 months of rigorous correction processes. Pilots, engineers, aircraft engineers and flight attendants are confident in the safety of the fleet. I have, “said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of the airline. December statement.

By Dawit Endeshaw