Tragedy struck yesterday as Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crashed, killing all 157 persons on board.
The Flight ET302 was heading to Nairobi, Kenya from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It crashed about 6 minutes after take off.
The plane is barely 2 years old and the airline just purchased it about 4 months ago. So this wasn’t an old plane.
This is the second time in less than six months that a new Boeing aircraft has crashed just minutes into a flight. A Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 flight crashed into the Java Sea in late October, killing all 189 people on board.
Boeing sure has an obligation to look into these new planes. Already, the Chinese government has grounded all Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets. The authorities said they would contact Boeing and the US Federal Aviation Administration to confirm “flight safety” issues before allowing the planes to fly again.
Unfortunately, two Nigerians professors who were heading to Nairobi to attend a meeting were among the casualties. Professor Abiodun Bashua, a respected retired Nigerian diplomat and Professor Pius Adesanmi, a Nigerian-Canadian professor of English at the Carleton University.
It is such a sad situation and we hope Boeing will take a serious look at these incidents.