A few headlines from the BBC, CNN, and Wall Street Journal following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet, Sunday, March 10

Reports that an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed Sunday, March 10 enroute from Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital to Nairobi, Kenya woke me up early in the morning.

I received two alerts on my smartphone early in the morning, from the New York Times, as well as from Reuters, which stated that initial reports indicated all 157 passengers aboard the plane, from 35 nations, had apparently perished in the crash.

Following Ethiopian Airlines Crash, Boeing, Ethiopian Face Scrutiny

As an investigation is launched to find the cause of the crash, speculations have turned to safety issues associated with the 737 MAX 8,  a modified version of Boeing’s popular 737 aircraft, which has been in service since 1967.

Meanwhile Ethiopian Airlines, simply known as Ethiopian, the flagship carrier of the country and wholly owned by the government, issued a statement on its website stating that it was too early to speculate about the cause of the crash.

No doubt the country, Ethiopia, its national carrier, and all that it offers, will become the subject of much more inquiry and scrutiny following this accident. We at Africa Agenda extend our condolences to the families of those affected by this tragic situation.