The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX has crashed on Sunday, with 157 people onboad. On March 10, 2019, the flight enroute to Nairobi, Kenya, had lost contact with Pilot in just 9 minutes after taking off.
Minister of State for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj confirmed reports of Shikha Garg's death in the ill-fated tradegy along with 3 other Indians.
Shikha Garg, who ia UN Consultant and Analyst under Ministry of Environmnet had boarded the plane to take part in a UNEP meeting held in Nairobi. Among the 149 passengers died in Boeing 737 MAX tragedy, Dr. Pannagesh Bhaskar, Dr. Ansin Annages and Nukavarupu Manisha were from India.
"The Ministry of External Affairs has been trying to bring their mortal remains to India and will soon make arrangements from Indian Embassy in Ethiopia," said Sushma Swaraj.
Earlier, the plane with 149 passengers and eight crew members were reported dead.
Raising concerns over the commercial aviation safety, The Daily Beast magazine reported that the model, Boeing 737 MAX met with two tragic incidents in one year.
In 2018, flight crash in Jakarta was the most dangerous accident reported in Indonesia. Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed into the Java Sea because of a technical snag. The plane went deep into the the sea without leaving a trace of 189 passengers and staff.
Perhaps the reason for the Ethiopian plane crash and the Lion Air Boing tragedy could have been same and the pilot may have faced the same difficulty.
On the other hand, despite rising accidents every year, airline safety is increasing. In 2018, 4.3 billion passengers traveled safely on 46.1 million aircraft last year. One major casualty was reported in 5.4 million flights.
However, according to IATA reports 2013-2017, 3.4 million aircraft have been reported to have travelled safely with one major plane crash, which is an example of safety and performance, the company said.
Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX
The Ethiopian Airlines spokesman confirmed that the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max departed from the Adis Ababa Bole International Airport around 8:38 am local time, but lost contact 8:48 a.m.The cause of the accident still need to be confirmed. The reason will be reavealed with the help of last voice recording in the black box.Share on Twitter Share on Facebook