By Chris Zumani Zimba
- The Ethiopian Airline Plane suddenly crashed 6 minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa
The plane was en route from Addis Ababa to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, when it crashed six (6) minutes after take-off, killing all 157 people on board. Several airlines have grounded the Boeing model following the disaster. The months-old aircraft came down near the town of Bishoftu, 60km (37 miles) south-east of the capital at 08:44 local time (05:44 GMT).
The cause of the disaster is not yet clear. However, the pilot had reported difficulties and had asked to return to Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Airlines said. “At this stage, we can’t rule out anything,” CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said. “We can’t also attribute the cause to anything because we’ll have to comply with the international regulation to wait for the investigation.”
- Very Sad for Ethiopians, Kenyans, Canadians, Chinese, Germans, Americans, etc for the untimely loss of their citizens:
According to BBC, there were 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, 9 Ethiopians and 7 Britons on the flight, according to a passenger list published by Ethiopian officials. Eight (8) Italians, eight (8) Chinese, eight (8) Americans, seven (7) French citizens, six (6) Egyptians, five (5) Germans, four (4) Indians and four (4) people from Slovakia were also on board.
- Boeing 737 Max 8, A new Plane crashing twice in 5 months, something too fishy here:
With the Ethiopian Airline case, it is the second crash in five months involving a 737 Max 8. Last year in October, Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed in Indonesia killing all 189 people on board. Following the Lion Air crash, investigators said the pilots had appeared to struggle with an automated system designed to keep the plane from stalling, a new feature of the jet. According to preliminary findings and aviation experts involved, the anti-stall system repeatedly forced the plane’s nose down, despite efforts by pilots to correct it. The Lion Air plane was also new and the accident happened soon after take-off just like the case of the Ethiopian Air Boeing 737 Max 8.
For Ethiopian Airways,the 737 Max 8 aircraft has only been in commercial use since 2017. So, it is purely a new plane that is also highly praised for both excellent balance, comfort, safety and speed. The plane that crashed was among six of 30 that Ethiopian Airlines had ordered as part of its expansion. It underwent a “rigorous first check maintenance” on 4 February, the airline said in a statement.
- A point of worry, concern and why Boeing must be held accountable
“It’s highly suspicious,” Mary Schiavo, former Inspector General of the US Transportation Department, told CNN. “Here we have a brand-new aircraft that’s gone down twice in a year. That rings alarm bells in the aviation industry, because that just doesn’t happen.” Following the Ethiopian Air plane crash, it is not yet clear whether the anti-stall system was the cause of Sunday’s crash. Aviation experts say other technical issues or human error cannot be discounted.
While Boeing has equally not issued any statement on the possible cause of the accident, the fact remains that they must held accountable as these accidents totaling 347 victims are too close and similar in comparison belonging to their new ‘praised’ planes. Jumping on the plane remain the safest and fastest mode of transport for many travelers around the world and must never to be treated as a dangerous voluntary passage to meet your maker or self-sponsored journey to the brutal hangman and crucifixion machine. In the last 5 months, Boeing 737 Max 8 is defining this scaring conclusion in the aviation industry by painting the beautiful blue sky in horrific human bloodshed and untimely traumatizing death of our beloved ones. We must all demand justice and convincing answers for the victims of both Lion Air in Indonesia and Ethiopian Airlines in Addis Ababa because by remaining mute, you, your relative or close friend may be the next victim. But further loss of human lives by Boeing 737 Max 8 can be stopped, reduced and/or prevented if we act at once.
- We all mourn them and pray for their families and close friends
While we all wait to know the actual cause of the accident, the fact remains that we all joins hands and hearts to mourn and pay respect to the victims of the Ethiopia Air plane crash and pray for their respective families to find strength and God’s grace as the remember their beloved sisters and brothers, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters as well as friends and relatives who were robbed of dear life so untimely and sudden. Africa and the world mourns with the Ethiopians, Kenyans, Canadians Britons, Italians, Chinese, Americans, French, Egyptians, Germans, Indians and Slovakians.
Chris Zumani Zimba is a prolific Political Scientist, Policy Analyst, Author, Blogger, PhD Scholar, Researcher, Consultant, Public Health and Tobacco Control Advocate. Besides being the CEO and Managing Consultant at Chrizzima Democracy University (CDU) in Zambia, he analyses African politics weekly on Voice of the Cape Town, South Africa every Wednesday at 16:45hours CAT. So far, he has authored more than 10 political and academic books as well as published over 100 well researched articles on African politics and public health. Sometimes, he lectures Political Science-Part Time with University of Zambia (UNZA) and University of Lusaka (UNILUS) outside his usual commitments. Chriszumanizimba.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com; +260 973 153 815