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Excavators may be damaging Ethiopia crash site: diplomats
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Mar 15, 2019 5:16 PM 1+ week ago

Villagers gather wreckages of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town Bishoftu

Villagers gather wreckages of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town Bishoftu, near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Trucks and excavators are going onto the site of the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, causing concern that vital evidence may be lost or crushed, two diplomatic sources said on Friday.

Some policemen have also been taking selfies inside the yellow tape lines demarcating the scene, witnesses said.

The crash five days ago killed 157 people, brought a global suspension of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and left a charred, debris-strewn crater in an Ethiopian field.

"The handling of the site is disastrous because they are letting trucks and excavators drive over it," an Addis Ababa-based diplomat, who has visited the site and is representing some families of victims, told Reuters.

"There are concerns especially about the use of excavators. People are ...

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