The Boeing 737 Max 8, a commonly used aircraft now forming part of the fleets of three Canadian airlines, was also involved in another deadly crash previous year that killed 189 people in Indonesia.
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.
Angela Rehhorn, of Orillia, ON, was one of the passengers on their way to participate in the United Nations' Environmental Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya.
The government has not yet decided exactly where to send the data and voice recorders, though a European body will be approached, Ethiopian Airlines, which operated the crashed 737 Max jet, said on Wednesday (March 13).
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What we can say is we don't have the capability to probe it here in Ethiopia, " Begashaw said.
Ethiopian authorities haven't yet released a final report into what caused the plane crash but have confirmed the pilot of the doomed Boeing 737 Max 8 plane had radioed a distress call.
"Aircraft accident investigation depends on global collaboration - all with the common goal of improving flight safety", he said.
Norwegian Air Shuttles says it will seek compensation from aircraft maker Boeing after the low-priced carrier grounded its fleet of 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
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Boeing has said it has full confidence in the 737 MAX - a model that has 371 jets in operation around the world.
The new questions are surfacing months after USA pilots criticized Boeing in the wake of the Lion Air disaster, saying the plane maker had not provided enough information or training about a critical aspect of its new flight control system, as NPR's David Schaper reported in November.
Also on the flight was Isabella Beryl Achie, from Homabay county about 300 kilometres west of Nairobi.
Resisting pressure, the US Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) acting administrator Dan Elwel said its review had shown "no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft".
GebreMariam also told reporters at a press conference that the pilot in contact with air traffic controlhad reported technical difficulties, and later elaborated to CNN that he reported "flight control problems". Earlier, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia and Oman had also temporarily suspended the aircraft, following China, Indonesia and others the day before.
He said the airline "is giving utmost focus and attention to comforting and counselling relatives and friends of passengers who were on board the flight".
Speaking to Xinhua, Getu said it was his first time witnessing a plane crash and he was initially unsure about what to do first, but later overcame his shock to help emergency response teams retrieve debris from the destroyed plane.
An Ethiopian pilot who saw the crash site minutes after the disaster told the AP that the plane appeared to have "slid directly into the ground".