Aircraft of this model have returned to African skies, including those flown by Ethiopian Airlines. However, the families who lost loved ones on 10 March 2019 when the ET 302 crashed may not view this return favourably.
On 10 March 2019, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max crashed shortly after take-off near Ejere, Ethiopia, killing all 157 passengers and crew on board. Even though Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam told us in November 2019 that the national carrier would be “the last airline to fly the 737 Max”, one of its four 737 Maxes took off on 1 February this year. Onboard these 100%-state-owned airlines were company and manufacturer representatives as well as government officials.
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