Boeing crash investigation is being hindered by police officers taking SELFIES at the crash site and trampling over evidence, while excavators also trundle over the scene
- Ethiopian police officers have been seen taking selfies at the Boeing crash site
- They have been trampling over evidence while taking the photos at the site
- Excavators have also been spotted travelling over the site of the plane crash
- Ethiopian Airlines plane came down on Sunday morning killing all 157 on board
Policemen have allegedly been taking selfies at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines crash, with investigators concerned they might have crushed evidence into why the Boeing jet plummeted to the ground.
The horror crash killed all 157 people on board last Sunday and prompted countries around the world to ground Boeing jets.
Diplomatic sources have now revealed that there is concern that trucks and excavators going on to the site might be crushing the vital evidence.
Witnesses also spotted police officers walking past the yellow tape lines around the scene and taking photos.
Police officers and excavators have been spotted travelling over the site of the Boeing crash in Ethiopia, trampling over evidence
An Addis Ababa-based diplomat, who has visited the site and is representing some families of victims, said: ‘The handling of the site is disastrous because they are letting trucks and excavators drive over it.’
Another diplomatic source, who visited the site several times this week, added: ‘There are concerns especially about the use of excavators. People are wondering how you can use them for recovery in such a site.’
Flight 302 crashed minutes after take-off on Sunday, leaving a hole 10 meters (33 feet) deep.
The impact and fire left the plane in small fragments and destroyed the bodies of any passengers, leaving only remains.
Ethiopian Airlines did not respond to requests for comment on the handling of the site, but has assured the world it will investigate as quickly and seriously as possible.
The horrific crash in Ethiopia last Sunday saw all 157 people on-board the Boeing jet die
Reports from the scene say that excavators were spotted scooping up dirt, personal effects and bits of metal from the plane.
The debris is mostly piled at one side of the field, while rescue workers have bagged and removed what they could find of human remains.
Since Sunday, Red Cross workers and investigators have been combing the site, while grieving families have gathered to mourn and villagers have stood beyond the yellow tape watching.
On Monday, Ethiopian police took over the guarding of the site for the evening and walked under the tape and across the field as it was still being cleared.
The airline has sent the black boxes to Paris where French and US experts have joined an Ethiopian-led investigation.
One airline industry source said Ethiopian government authorities had told him there were no current plans to do DNA identification.
Experts fear that people walking over the crash site are crushing potentially vital pieces of evidence
He also complained that authorities were excavating the crash site without proper procedure.
Meanwhile, Boeing Co said on Friday that its software upgrade for the grounded 737 MAX jetliner will be rolled out in the coming weeks, and that its timeline for deploying the upgrade has not changed.
Boeing has been working on a software upgrade for an anti-stall system and pilot displays on its jetliner in the wake of the deadly Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October.
Similarities between the flight path in the Lion Air crash and Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash have raised fresh questions about the system.
Boeing said on Monday it has been working closely with the US Federal Aviation Administration on development, planning and certification of the software upgrade, and it will be deployed across the 737 MAX fleet in the coming weeks.
The FAA expects to approve these design changes no later than April 2019, it has said.
Boeing shares rose as much as 1.5 percent in midday trading, reversing course from losses of about 1.5 percent earlier in the session.
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