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Relatives of the Ethiopian Airline plane crash that claimed 157 lives will have to wait for at least six months before the DNA of the remains collected from the crash site can be established.

Some families have opted to bury empty coffins while others have decided to collect soil from the crash site and carry on with the burials of their loved ones, saying 6 months is a long time and even still, they are still not guaranteed that they will get anything much to burry if any.

One such family are the relatives of Stella Konarska, a former Qatar Airways air hostess who died with her three-year-old son in the Ethiopian Plae crash. The family has said that they have decided to symbolically get some soil from the crash site and have Stella’s wedding gown in the coffin while her son, they will also have some of his clothes in his coffin.

The ET 302 flight, which was headed for Nairobi, crashed last week in Bishoftu, southeast of the capital, six minutes after takeoff from Bole International Airport.

The manufacturer of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft on Wednesday bowed to pressure and suspended operations of the aircraft following a recommendation by the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Dennis Muilenburg, president, CEO, and Chairman of Boeing said the suspension was out of “an abundance of caution”

“On behalf of the entire Boeing team, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives in these two tragic accidents,” said Dennis Muilenburg, president, CEO, and Chairman of Boeing.

“We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution. Safety is a core value at Boeing for as long as we have been building airplanes; and it always will be. There is no greater priority for our company and our industry. We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again.”


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