Six members of a Brampton family among the dead in Ethiopian airlines crash

Published On March 11, 2019 | By ketteliawright | News

Six members of the same Brampton family have been identified as some of the 18 Canadians killed in a plane crash in Ethiopia. (CTV News)

Kettelia Wright

Six members of a Brampton family are among the 18 dead Canadians found in the wreckage of the Ethiopian airlines crash on Sunday March 11.

The Vaidya family was on a March break trip to their mothers homeland in Kenya when their plane bound for Nairobi went down just mere minutes after takeoff.

In response to the crash that took 157 lives, multiple airlines around the world grounded Boeing’s new 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

This is the second time in five months that a Boeing 737 Max 8 has crashed. The first accident happened in October, when a Lion Air flight crashed in Indonesia shortly after take off killing 189 people.

Airplane engine parts are seen at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopian airlines grounded it’s B-737-8 Max fleet until further notice and was quickly followed by China, Indonesia and Cayman Airways.

“Given that two accidents both involved newly delivered Boeing 737 Max 8 planes and happened during take-off phase, they have some degree of similarity,” the Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement.

There are 41 Max 8 aircraft operating in Canada. Air Canada operates 24, WestJet 13, and Sunwing operates a total of 4.

Westjet said they will not be grounding their Boeing 737 fleet, as they are confident in the aircraft.

Ethiopian Airlines said that the Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) were recovered on Monday. The Black Box will help investigators find the reason for the plane crash.

Boeing said in a release that the company is “deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board and stand ready to support the Ethiopian Airlines team,” the statement said

A list released by Ethiopian Airlines shows 35 nationalities among the people who died, including 18 Canadians. There were 19 humanitarian aid workers on board.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) sent their condolences via Twitter.

Following the Crash Boeing BA stocks fell sharply to 7 per cent on Monday afternoon. Boeing is planning to build 59 737 Max 8 each month in 2019.

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