Dozens of relatives have flocked to the crash site of the Ethiopia Airlines near Bishoftu, a town some 60 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa where 157 souls lost their lives on Sunday, including Nigeria's Prof.
Ethiopian Airlines announced Wednesday that it would send the voice and data recorders from its ill-fated Flight 302 to be analyzed overseas, as more countries said they were banning planes of the same type from operating in their airspace.
Boeing's newest plane, the 737 MAX 8 jet, is under scrutiny for safety concerns after another incident less than six months ago with the same model, News24 earlier reported. In the United States, only Southwest and American Airlines use the 737 Max 8 plane and the FAA has not ordered a grounding of them as yet. The same type of plane also crashed shortly after takeoff in October in Indonesia.
Meanwhile, Europe and India have joined a wave of countries grounding the Boeing 737 Max.
Boeing said it stands by the plane.
Transport Minister Blade Nzimande says his department will work with its Ethiopian counterpart to investigate this weekend's fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash.
"He was having difficulties with the flight control of the airplane, so he asked to return back to base", he said. "In fact he was allowed to turn back", he said.
Only charred fragments of victims remain, meaning it will take weeks to identify all of them using dental or DNA testing.
Many were United Nations workers on their way to a conference in Nairobi.
One elderly couple collapsed into each other's arms after strewing flowers in front of a picture of a smiling young woman, while a family propped each other up, tears coursing down their faces.
A Greek man said he missed the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed just after taking off from Addis Ababa by mere minutes, in a Facebook post that has now been shared thousands of times.
Since the Indonesia crash, there has been a focus on an automated anti-stall system in the 737 MAX that dips the aircraft's nose down.