Families of the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10 in Addis Ababa are still not in possession of their loved ones’ personal effects and remains due to what they call inadequate recovery operations.
According to Ethiopian Airlines, contact with the Boeing 737 Max 8 was lost at 8:44 a.m. on March 10, just a few minutes after it took off. The plane crashed shortly afterwards, killing all 157 people from 35 nations onboard.
Families of the victims and a spokesperson for ZAKA, an emergency response organization in Israel, recently told the Times of israel that the victims’ human remains and personal belongings have been left exposed at the crash site.
“What I personally found on the crash site left me shocked. Among many things, I collected legible business cards, a vaccine booklet, and an agenda. Each of these had vividly readable names and surnames, and were just left on the surface, completely unattended,” a family member of one of the victims, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the Times of israel. She decided to visit the crash site after becoming frustrated with responses from Ethiopian authorities to her inquiries about the accident and recovery.
“To my dismay, we also found what looked like remains of human bones, which were then handed over to the guardians in the military tent, just outside the site of the crash,” she told the Times of Israel, also adding…