Flight was scheduled to leave the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, at local time GMT and arrive in Rome at local time. Meanwhile, flight data from the Ethiopian Airlines disaster a week ago suggest "clear similarities" with a crash off Indonesia last October, Ethiopia's transport minister has said. It ran out of fuel and crashed into the Indian Ocean near the Comoros islands, killing of the people on board.
Relatives of the passengers killed in the incident are being encouraged to provide DNA samples either in Addis Ababa or at any overseas offices of Ethiopian Airlines. Published 14 March The Boeing eventually made its unscheduled landing at local time.
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The BBC's Ferdinand Omondi, who was at the ceremony, says there was a sombre mood as candles were lit and prayers held. None of the bodies has yet been formally identified escogt of the impact when the Boeing Max 8 aircraft crashed shortly after it took off for the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, killing all people on board. Kenya's Transport Minister James Macharia told worshippers that bereaved families had taken bags of earth from the crash site as a memory of their loved ones.
Mourners at the Bole International Airport held white flowers, the traditional colour of ethiopja in Ethiopia, Reuters news agency reports. Police said there was no escirt at any time to those on board, but some passengers have spoken of their fear.
The hijacker, identified by officials as Hailemedehin Abera Tagegn, waited for the pilot to go to the toilet before locking himself in the cockpit. Two Italian fighter jets and then French jets were scrambled to escort the plane as it sthiopia Europe.
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He said Ethiopia would seek his extradition. But at some point during the flight, the co-pilot locked his colleague out of the cockpit and took over the plane.
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The last hijacking to take place at Geneva airport was that of an Air Afrique plane in This incident is a blow to Ethiopia Airlines, which has long prided itself as one of the continent's best performing carriers, says BBC Addis Ababa correspondent Emmanuel Igunza. Published 17 March Geneva airport was closed for a time but has since reopened. They were all searched twice and questioned by police in case any were accomplices before being allowed to finish their journeys.
But he could now be charged with hostage-taking, and faces up to 20 years in prison. He was unarmed and, after landing at Geneva airport, said he was requesting asylum in Switzerland.
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Empty coffins representing the Ethiopian victims of last week's Ethiopia Airlines plane crash have been buried in the capital, Addis Ababa. Ethiopian Airlines: 'Clear similarities' with Indonesia crash.
Many worshippers were wearing white from head to toe. Related Topics. Passengers have said he threatened to crash the plane.
But some relatives told our reporter that they would only get full closure when at least some body parts were handed over to them. Passengers were able to leave the plane about an hour later. More on this story.
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Ethiopia's transport minister said on Saturday it might take "considerable time" for investigators to find the cause of the crash involving the new aeroplane. Police said at a news conference in Geneva that the man had sought asylum due to fear of persecution in Ethiopia. At a news conference in Addis Ababa, Information Minister Redwan Hussein said the co-pilot had worked for Ethiopia Airlines for five years, had no criminal record and was "medically sane until otherwise proven".
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Some family members have been given charred earth from the crash site to help remember their loved ones. Some relatives were overcome with grief, while others threw themselves on the red coffins draped with the Ethiopian flag at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa. All images subject to copyright. Airlines around the world have grounded their Boeing Max 8 aircraft following the second fatal crash involving the plane in five months.
Published 15 March Boeing Max aircraft grounded 'until May at least'.