Families frustrated in Addis, hardly any remains from Boeing 737 crash
The world’s biggest plane maker has grounded its entire global fleet of Boeing 737 Max aircraft following Sunday’s tragic plane crash in Ethiopia.
But back in Ethiopia bereaved families have expressed frustration with the pace of the investigations and release of information on their kin.
The families claim that the Ethiopian government and the airline have been silent on whether DNA analysis and identification of their relatives’ remains is being done or not.
Grief boiled to the surface and the families stormed out of the meeting with representatives of the Ethiopian Airlines after receiving news that there cannot be any physically identity of the remains.
Industry experts say that the identification of some remains could take weeks or months and may need to be done via dental records or DNA due to the impact and ensuing fire of the plane crash.
The process may delay even further because there more than 30 different nationalities on board and Ethiopia has limited forensic capabilities.
Tempers had flared on Wednesday when families were denied access to the actual plane crash site.
Most families insisted that seeing the actual crash site would give them closure.
But Kenyan authorities were quick to call a meeting to quell the situation assuring Kenyan families the government will ensure their concerns are addressed.
Black box recorders recovered on Monday have been sent to France and the officials believe it should help piece together the plane’s last moments.
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