“However, this investigation has just begun and to date, we have not been provided data to draw any conclusions or take any actions,”
“If the FAA identifies an issue that affects safety, the department will take immediate and appropriate action,” Ms Chao told reporters.
“I want people to be assured that we take these incidents, these accidents very seriously.”
“I was in the mountain nearby when I saw the plane reach the mountain before turning around with a lot of smoke coming from the back and then crashed at this site.
“It crashed with a large boom. When it crashed luggage and clothes came burning down.
“Before it crashed the plane was swerving and dipping with a lot of smoke coming from the back and also making a very loud unpleasant sound before hitting the ground.”
“It was a loud rattling sound. Like straining and shaking metal,”
“Everyone says they have never heard that kind of sound from a plane and they are under a flight path,” she added.
“The plane was very close to the ground and it made a turn … Cows that were grazing in the fields ran in panic,” he said.
“It tried to climb but it failed and went down nose first,” he said.
“There was fire and white smoke which then turned black.”
“When it was hovering, fire was following its tail, then it tried to lift its nose,” said another witness, Gadisa Benti.
“When it passed over our house, the nose pointed down and the tail raised up. It went straight to the ground with its nose, it then exploded.”
“We are shocked and saddened,” he said.