Singapore and Australia and the UK became the latest nations to suspend Boeing 737 MAX aircraft today, while identification of the Ethiopian Airlines crash’s 157 victims dragged and black box recorders were yet to yield the cause.
Sunday’s disaster – following another fatal crash of a 737 MAX jet in Indonesia five months ago – has caused alarm in the international aviation industry and wiped billions of dollars off the market value of the world’s biggest planemaker.
Safety experts say it is too early to speculate on what caused Sunday’s crash or whether the two recent accidents are linked. Most accidents are caused by a unique chain of events combining human and technical factors.
The victims came from more than 30 different nations, and included nearly two dozen U.N. staff.
Given the problems identifying them at the charred disaster site, Ethiopia Airlines said it would take at least five days to start handing remains to families.
“We are Muslim and have to bury our deceased immediately,” Noordin Mohamed, a 27-year-old Kenyan businessman whose brother and mother died, told Reuters.