Ethiopia Mourns Crash Victims
Ethiopia has declared today a national day of mourning - after an Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed shortly after take-off from the capital Addis Ababa on Sunday morning, killing all 157 people on board. Investigators are now attempting to find out the cause of the crash
Friends and relatives of the 157 deceased passengers found out about the disaster, which is still under investigation, from social media.
Ahmed Khalid was supposed to be on that same plane, yet his flight from Dubai to Addis Ababa was delayed.
The cause of the disaster is still being investigated. The website, Flightradar, reported the speed during takeoff was below normal. According to the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, the plane had no technical problems. Yet just before the crash the pilot reported technical difficulties and requested permission to return to the airport.
“After receiving the aircraft we did the first maintenance check on February 4, 2019. It was a new and clean aircraft. I would like to say that we are deeply saddened for the loss of lives of our esteemed passengers,” Ethiopia Airlines СEO Tewolde Gebremariam said.
Citizens of 35 countries were on board the plane. Among them was the daughter and wife of Slovak MP Anton Hrnko. The office of the Prime minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, expressed its condolences on Twitter, declaring Monday a day of mourning.