Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Two victims of Ethiopia plane crash with B.C. connections

Two victims of Ethiopia plane crash with B.C. connections

"I was mad because nobody helped me to reach the gate on time", Antonis Mavropoulos said in a Facebook post titled "My lucky day", in which he included a photo of his ticket.

All 157 people aboard the Boeing 737 MAX 8 died when it crashed in Addis Ababa on Sunday.

Ethiopian Airlines announced Wednesday that it would send the voice and data recorders from its ill-fated Flight 302 to be analyzed overseas, as more countries said they were banning planes of the same type from operating in their airspace.

He said he was highly upset because they didn't let him board the next flight but, he wrote that security then "told me gently not to protest and say thank you to God, because I am the only passenger who did not enter the flight".

"I lost it for two minutes, when I arrived, the boarding was closed and I watched the last passengers in tunnel go in - I screamed to put me in but they didn't allow it", he continued. Debora Patta reports from Nairobi. "There are millions of small threads that we usually never feel - but if one breaks that whole web unwinds instantaneously".

It's the second fatal crash for that type of plane within six months, which has led many countries to ground the plane pending the investigation.

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Investigators from Ethiopia and other countries, including the United States, are looking into what caused the aircraft, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, to crash.

Although there is no proof of any link, the twin disasters have spooked passengers, led to the grounding of most of Boeing's 737 MAX fleet and hammered shares in the USA planemaker, the world's largest.

Gebremariam was asked about the similarities of the latest crash to that of Lion Air flight 610 in October 2018 off the coast of Indonesia that killed all 189 on board but said it is too early to speculate.

"DNA work has not started yet", Begashaw said.

Boeing said it stands by the plane.

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