Ethiopian Airlines Challenges the West and Soars in Africa

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On June 1, Boeing responded to new questions about the safety of its 737 Max aircraft. These questions were spurred by the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight in March. In the aftermath, Ethiopian Airlines, along with its international supporters, stood up to Boeing to pursue answers regarding this crash, as well as an earlier Lion Air crash, and to strengthen future plane safety protocols. The crash of Ethiopian Airlines 302 is a lens by which to view the airline’s global influence.  

This saga began on the morning of Sunday, March 10, 2019, shortly after Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 departed Addis Ababa for Nairobi, Kenya. This route is one of the airlines’ most popular destinations and a few nonstop flights are offered daily. The crash of ET 302 shows Addis Ababa plays a central role in global travel and how US global influence has adapted in…

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