The airline Ethiopian Airlines reported Saturday that the DNA tests of the remains of the 157 occupants of flight 302 who died last weekend can be delayed up to six months.
For now, the team of researchers in Paris has begun to examine the black box recorders recovered from the site where the Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane crashed on Sunday as soon as it took off from Addis Ababa. The victims are from thirty different countries, including two Spaniards.
While families await the results of the investigation into the cause of the accident, Ethiopian Airlines plans to hold a mass on Sunday in Addis Ababa, in Kidist Selassie, or the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, where many of the country’s previous presidents are buried.
“The company told us that they would give us one kilo (of land) each for their funeral at Selassie Church for a funeral they will organize,” said a family member who asked not to be identified.
The papers delivered to families at the Skylight Hotel on Saturday said that death certificates would be issued within two weeks, and that an initial payment would be made to cover immediate expenses.
The return of the remains, most of which are charred and fragmented, would take up to six months, the documents said, but in the meantime the land would be delivered from the accident site.
Experts say it is too early to know what caused the accident, but aviation authorities around the world have left Boeing 737 MAX on the ground, as concerns about the plane caused the company’s stock price to fall. around 10 percent.
The flight data has already indicated some similarities with an accident of the same plane model during a Lion Air flight in October. All 189 people on board died. Both planes crashed within minutes of takeoff after the pilots reported problems.