A mass funeral was held on Sunday at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, in honour of the 157 victims in the Ethiopia Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday, March 10, 2019. At the mass funeral today, victims’ families were given bags of earth to bury in place of their remains. Some victims’ relatives fainted and fell to the ground during a procession through Addis Ababa as 17 empty coffins draped in the national flag were laid to rest in their memory.
The Sunday service is coming the day after officials began delivering bags containing 2.2 pounds of scorched earth taken from the crash site to the relatives of those who died. Families have been told the identification process could last up to six months. An Orthodox priest dressed in a traditional black turban and black robes told the crowd gathered at Bole International Airport: “Our deep sorrow cannot bring them.”