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Families symbolically bury plane crash victims

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Families symbolically bury plane crash victims

Families symbolically bury plane crash victims

Families hold symbolic burials for the Ethiopian plane crash victims, since DNA testing could take up to six months.

Meanwhile, new details about the crash are emerging.

Lucy Fielder reports.


Families symbolically bury plane crash victims

A symbolic burial in Addis Ababa on Sunday for victims of the Ethiopian plane crash.

The families have no bodies to lay to rest -- they've been given charred earth to bury.

Ethiopian Airlines says DNA testing could take up to six months on the remains of the 157 people who perished on board flight 302 a week ago.

This friend of deceased cabin crew Getachew Negatu hopes the ceremony brings closure for the husband and baby she left behind.

Meanwhile, details are emerging from the examination of the black box recorders from the crashed Boeing 737 MAX 8.

A source that has listened to the air-traffic control recording told Reuters it was traveling at an unusually high speed after take off.

A voice from the cockpit made a request to increase altitude.

But then the pilot, who sounded terrified, mentioned a flight control problem and started to make a right turn to return to the airport.

The plane then vanished off the radar.

The team of investigators conducting the probe in Paris could not immediately be reached to confirm the conversation.

Similarities between the Ethiopian Airlines crash and a the Lion Air flight over Indonesia in October and have raised fresh questions about the systems on the 737 MAX.

So far there's no evidence to suggest software was to blame for either incident.

But Boeing is planning to release a software upgrade in the next week to 10 days, sources told Reuters.

Meantime, all Boeing MAX jets have been grounded worldwide because of safety concerns.

Ethiopia's minister of transport says given the circumstances, identifying the small remains found will be challenging.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ETHIOPIAN MINISTER OF TRANSPORT, DAGMAWIT MOGES, SAYING: ''Victim identification will be carried out using reliable, scientific and international standards and for this purpose, internationally-recognised organizations such as Interpol and Blake are going to be in the process." On Friday investigators found a possible clue at the crash site: A key part of the plane's tail.

The horizontal stabiliser is reportedly set in an unusual position -- similiar to that seen in the wreckage of the Indonesian MAX 8.

The position of the stabilizer could help determine whether the plane was set nose down for a steep dive.

Back in Addis Ababa, families and friends were focused, for now at least, on honoring their dead.

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