Boeing confirmed it will suspend operations of its entire fleet of 737 MAX aircraft.
The jet plunged into a field 60 kilometres (37 miles) outside Addis Ababa, and the impact of the crash and fire left the victims' remains in fragments that could take weeks or months to identify. "In fact he was allowed to turn back", he said.
"They thought March break was the flawless time for them to go over there, have fun", he said.
According to the daily, many airlines had schedules planned around deliveries of the 737 Max, which could be affected by a prolonged grounding.
Another almost 5,000 MAXs are on order, meaning the financial implications are huge for the industry.
The causes of the two crashes are under investigation, but amid the uncertainty a growing number of countries and airlines have grounded the plane, one of Boeing's newest and most important models. Safety is a core value at Boeing for as long as we have been building airplanes; and it always will be. "It's hard to recover because we lost six members".
More than a dozen relatives of those who perished paid respects on Wednesday at the rural crash site where Flight ET 302 came down in a fireball. The staff members were flanked by bouquets of white roses and white candles.More news: AP, T'gana to go to polls on April 11..
Like numerous unfortunate passengers, Mavropoulos was on his way to Nairobi, Kenya, for the UN Environment Programme's annual assembley.
Other victims included Stephanie Lacroix, who was working with the United Nations Association in Canada, and career aid worker Jessica Hyba, who was employed by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
In recordings of the pilot's conversations with controllers, he didn't indicate any external problems with the jet or the flight, like a bird collision, CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told The Wall Street Journal.
The US Federal Aviation Administration reiterated Tuesday that the aircraft is safe.
The three U.S. airlines using the 737 MAX - Southwest Airlines Co, American Airlines Group Inc and United Airlines - stood by the aircraft. In October, a Lion Air plane of the same model carrying 189 people crashed into the sea off the coast of Indonesia, killing all on board.
"The aviation experts are questioning the reliability of this Max aircraft, particularly on its flight control equipment".
He said he was put onto the next flight to Nairobi and only found out about the crash later on.
"We expect Boeing to take this bill", it said.
In response, the world's biggest planemaker, which has seen billions of dollars wiped off its market value, said it understood the decisions but retained "full confidence" in the 737 MAX and had safety as its priority.