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Grieving families given earth from Ethiopia plane crash site

Grieving families given earth from Ethiopia plane crash site

In Washington, lawmakers are calling for an investigation into the Federal Aviation Administration's approval process for the 737 Max, and it's relationship with Boeing.

The plane vanished from radar at 10,800 feet.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said the doomed flight's captain was an experienced aviator with more than 8,000 flight hours. "That is why he wanted to climb", the source said, adding there were no further details given of the exact problem and the voice sounded nervous.

Canada's biggest carrier Air Canada suspended its 2019 financial forecasts, while United Airlines, the No. 3 USA carrier, said it would see an adverse effect on its operations if the jets remained grounded heading into the peak summer travel season. Addis Ababa is surrounded by hills and, immediately to the north, the Entoto Mountains.

On Saturday, investigators began studying the cockpit voice recorder.

"We are waiting for the results".

"This kind of investigation needs considerable amount of time to reach concrete conclusions". The latest crash, this time of an Ethiopian jetliner, killed all 157 people on board. Passengers from more than 30 nations were aboard. However, authorities say they will issue death certificates within two weeks.

"Victim identification will be carried out using reliable scientific and worldwide standards", Moges said at the news conference.

A mass memorial service for the dead is planned in Addis Ababa to take place Sunday, one week after the crash.

"We were told by the company that we will be given a kilo (of earth) each for burial at Selassie Church for a funeral they will organise", said one family member, who asked not to be named.

Families have been told it could take up to six months to identify remains.

"His dream was to be a pilot", said Meno Getachew Tessema, 39, Yared's brother.

According to the flight data recorder, the pilots of Lion Air Flight 610 struggled to control the aircraft as the MCAS repeatedly pushed the nose down after takeoff.

However, there have been incidents of pilots reporting that the system tipped the aircraft's nose downwards within minutes of take-off, forcing them to step in to stop the plane from dropping.

The safety issue means major disruptions to operations at both Air Canada and WestJet Airlines Ltd., which were forced to ground 24 and 13 Boeing 737 Max 8s, respectively.

Boeing Co plans to release upgraded software for its 737 MAX in a week to 10 days, sources familiar with the matter said.

The Ethiopian investigation into the crash is being assisted by teams from around the world, including the U.S. and France.