Ethiopian Airlines starts compensation to families of victims

Ethiopian Airlines has begun compensating families of the victims who perished in last month’s devastating crash near Addis Ababa.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam says the airline is working alongside insurance companies to establish victims’ identities for compensation.

He says insurers are being updated after human remains found in the wreckage have been sent to the UK for DNA identification checks.

Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 took off at 08:38 local time from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on March 10 and was scheduled to arrive in Nairobi at 10:25am.

It lost contact at 08:44am, and crashed around Bishoftu town, some 45 kilometers from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people aboard.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam says the airline is working with the necessary authorities to follow up on the tragedy involving a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.

Gebremariam says the management of Ethiopian Airlines is working alongside insurance companies to establish victims’ identities for compensation.

He says insurers are being updated after human remains found in the wreckage have been sent to the UK doe DNA tests.

Ethiopian Airlines has grounded all its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet since the tragedy, and is yet to decide on whether or not to continue future orders with Boeing once both parties make careful considerations and jointly find solutions to the issues.

Gebremariam says the priority addressing the crash and maintaining operations.

The crash by Ethiopian Airlines, which came five months after another deadly incident involving a Boeing 737 MAX 8 off the coast of Indonesia in which 189 people were killed, led to most airlines around the world grounding the aircraft out of safety concerns.

  

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