PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, March 11, 2019 (CMC) – The Trinidad and Tobago-based Caribbean Airlines (CAL), today, extended condolences to the families of those killed on the fatal Ethiopian Airlines flight, on Sunday, and said that while it currently uses Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft, it “stands by its commitment to put the safety of its passengers, crew and operations first”.
The Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to Nairobi, Kenya, crashed minutes after take-off, killing all 149 passengers and eight crew members. The digital flight data recorder has since been located.
In a statement, CAL said that it understands that “investigations, by the relevant authorities, are in progress and the cause of this accident remains undetermined at this time”.
“The airline industry is one of the most highly-regulated industries in the world and there are rigorous processes and regulatory procedures to follow, before any aircraft is brought into service.
“Caribbean Airlines will incorporate the procedural and training elements, necessary to comply with all regulations and instructions, before any new aircraft is introduced to its fleet,” the airline said in the statement.
Cayman Airways has since announced it was suspending the use of its new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, following Sunday’s deadly crash.