Ethiopian Airlines CEO reveals what pilot reported before crash

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He could have also been on the Ethiopian Airlines plane bound for Nairobi that crashed six minutes after takeoff Sunday, killing more than 150 people on board.

More than a dozen relatives of those who perished in the crash, mainly Kenyans who have flown in, left Addis Ababa early in the morning to pay their respects at the rural crash site where Flight ET 302 came down in a fireball.

The deaths of 21 UN staffers March 10, on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight in Addis Ababa, is one of the biggest tragedies in the extended UN family-with a flashback to the deaths of 22 people, mostly UN staffers, who lost their lives in the Canal Hotel bombing in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad in August 2003.

"We understand that members of the deceased's family have made their way to Kenya and are in the midst of making arrangements", the centre said in a statement.

Watch: What Canadians should know about Boeing's 737-MAX 8 planes.

US President Donald Trump, an aviation enthusiast whose ties with Boeing run deep, received safety assurances personally from its chief executive Dennis Muilenburg.

A 50,000-member flight-attendants union is calling on the USA government to investigate the Boeing 737 Max 8.

It also says Egypt doesn't have these aircraft and that they are not part of its future plans. Several American airlines have the plane in their fleet, including Southwest, which has more MAX 8s than any carrier other in the world. All 157 people on board died.

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Boeing has said it has full confidence in the 737 MAX - a model that has 371 jets in operation around the world.

Resisting pressure, the US Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) acting administrator Dan Elwel said its review had shown "no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft".

In an interview with The Associated Press, Asrat Begashaw said the airline has "a range of options" for the data and voice records of the flight's last moments.

The group said its pilots "have the necessary training and experience to troubleshoot problems and take decisive actions on the flight deck to protect our passengers and crew".

He said satellite data suggested similarities between the flight profiles of the Ethiopian jet and that of a Lion Air plane of the same type that crashed in Indonesia previous year.

Numerous other Canadian victims came from the ranks of humanitarian and aid workers.

Speaking to Xinhua, Getu said it was his first time witnessing a plane crash and he was initially unsure about what to do first, but later overcame his shock to help emergency response teams retrieve debris from the destroyed plane.

Much of the world, including the entire European Union, grounded the Boeing jetliner involved in the Ethiopian Airlines crash or banned it from their airspace, leaving the United States as one of the few remaining operators of the plane involved in two deadly accidents in five months.