ISRAELI VICTIMS ON FLIGHT ET-302 IDENTIFIED
IT’S UNCLEAR WHEN BODIES OF AVRAHAM MATZLIAH; SHIMON BITTON WILL BE RETURNED
49-year-old Avraham Matzliah, of Maale Adumim near Jerusalem and 58-year-old Shimon Re’em Bitton have now been identified as the two Israeli victims killed aboard Ethiopian airlines flight ET-302 over Addis Ababa. Matzliah is a husband and a father of twin daughters whom are both in the IDF right now. And he frequently made business trips to Africa which he reportedly loved. Then Bitton was a civic defense contractor on his way to Kenya. And he was the chief of security for two Israeli Embassies in South America. He’s survived by his wife and five children. But Matzliah, Bitton and 155 other individuals from at least 35 different nations were all killed Sunday morning, when their Boeing 737 800 max jet, crashed just minutes after takeoff towards Nairobi.
Now it’s unclear at this time, when Matzliah’s body will be returned. But International Zaka rescue workers from Israel as well as aid workers and volunteers from several other countries have all dispatched to lend a hand. Additionally, Ethiopia as well as China, Singapore, Indonesia, Argentina and others have all grounded their 737-800 Max fleets until further notice, especially as this crash follows an October crash in Indonesia which killed 189. There is no known connection between the two incidents, however. And so far, after finding the on-flight recorder Sunday afternoon, the cause of the crash is still uncertain.
What we do know, is that the craft displayed unstable vertical speed while trying to climb before the crash. And the pilot both requested and received permission to return to the landing strip, but they never got the chance. We also know that amidst the controversy, Boeing has delayed the launch of its new 777-X jets.
And, in response to pressure from the United States FAA, Boeing has confirmed that it will deploy a software upgrade to the 737 Max 8’s no later than April. Though the aircraft company said there is nothing wrong with the line of planes and the patch will only make “an already safe aircraft even safer.”