A Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed in Ethiopia killing everyone on board. The crash of the Ethiopian Airlines plane marks the second deadliest accident involving a Boeing 737 in the past five months. So is there a problem with this particular model?
Two passengers are counting their blessings after sharing that they narrowly missed Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, which nosedived to the ground, killing all 157 on board.
A Greek man, Antonis Mavropooulos, wrote about his near-death experience in a Facebook post that included a photo of his ticket. He missed the flight by two minutes because he was rushing from a connecting flight, Insider reports.
“I was mad because nobody helped me to reach the gate on time,” Mavropooulos said in the post, according to an English translation from the BBC. The Athens News Agency reports Mavropooulos, president of the International Solid Waste Association, was en route to Nairobi to go to the UN Environment Programme’s annual assembly.
“The officer told me not to protest but to pray to God,” Mavropooulos wrote in the post. “I’m grateful to be alive and that I have so many friends that made me feel their love.”
Another passenger, Ahmed Khalid, of Dubai, claims to have missed the flight due to a delay with his connecting flight. Once he made it onto another flight, “everyone was asking the cabin crew what was happening, but no one was saying anything,” he told The National.
The man’s father told the outlet he thought his son was among the dead when he found out about the crash.
“I was shocked, but shortly after, my son contacted me and told me he… did not board that flight, he is waiting for the second one which has been delayed,” Khalid Ali Abdulrahman explained.
Eight Americans were among the 157 people killed when the Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after takeoff Sunday. China and Indonesia on Monday grounded their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes.
The airline said the black box voice and data recorders had been found and expressed hope it would help discover the cause of the crash.
In a statement, Boeing said it was “deeply saddened” to hear of the crash and a technical team was ready to help at the request of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB is sending a team of four investigators to Ethiopia, spokesman Eric Weiss said.
The accident drew immediate parallels to the Oct. 29 crash of a Lion Air plane that plunged from the skies above Indonesia and into the Java Sea, killing all 189 passengers and crew members.
Contributing: Gregory Korte, Jorge L. Ortiz, John Bacon
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