On Sunday a Boeing 737 Max-8 aircraft belonging to Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly after takeoff en route Kenya. All 157 souls onboard were killed in the crash. Investigations into the cause of the crash are still ongoing. This is the second incident involving a Boeing 737 Max-8 aircraft in less than a year. This has raised several questions about the safety of the plane series.
Already airlines from several countries have already shut down the use of the Boeing 737 Max-8 aircrafts in their fleets. Some of these countries include Ethiopia, Indonesia, Morocco, China, and Singapore. The United States Aviation Authority has already proposed some changes to be made to the plane series.
The proposed changes are related to design and software. Already similarities are being drawn between this crash and one that happened in Indonesia. Last October a similar crash occurred involving an Indonesian aircraft of the same class. One hundred and eighty-nine souls were lost in that incident which occurred less than a year ago.
Boeing has also made a statement concerning the crash. It said it had already been working on a new software for a couple of months and should implement it in a few weeks. Nineteen staff of the United Nations and its affiliate organizations were among the victims of the crash.
Families of the victims have received condolence messages from different individuals via social media. Several people have also come out to defend the efficiency of Ethiopian Airlines. We commiserate with the families of the victims and pray for the repose of their souls.