In Ethiopia, an ancient land of pilgrimage, men and women are creating a grim, new journey of grief.

1 by 1, buddies and households of the 157 men and women killed on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 came to the crash website Wednesday with quiet offerings to the dead.

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Photographs. Heartfelt notes. Bouquets.

They had been placed below a makeshift, vibrant green floral arch, in striking contrast to the arid land. White roses had been plucked from a bucket and placed in a slender frame that wavered in the wind.

Some of the relatives staggered with sorrow.

1 man was supported by other people as he cried out. They sought footing on the freshly churned and blackened landscape.

A grieving man who lost his wife is helped by a member of safety forces and other people at the website of the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 13, 2019.

AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene

Other people stood in silence: the safety forces in camouflage blue, the searchers in face masks, the diplomats in polished footwear.

“We owe it to the households to comprehend what occurred,” stated British Ambassador Alastair McPhail, who represented nine of his countrymen amongst the victims.

Relatives react at the at the website of the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 13, 2019.

AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene

The dead came from 35 nations. About the globe, relatives numb with grief started a bewildering journey to the website outdoors Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.

Farmers, some with their cattle, witnessed the plane going down. When they hurried to the smoking ground, they found little there.

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A pilot, Solomon Gizaw, was amongst the very first to see the crash website from above. He stated it appeared as even though the plane had slipped suitable into the earth.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam stated the similar, noting that the aircraft was “totally sunken below the ground.”

Yellow tape rings the scene. Onlookers watch at the edge, even though close relatives have the heartbreaking suitable to go inside. Some carry armfuls of flowers.

“We want to go there generally and make offerings,” stated Dawit Gebremichael, who lost his sister.

A handful of have visited the website with tiny fanfare. As the globe very first discovered about the crash on Sunday, Ethiopia’s young new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed went to bear witness and grieve.

Ethiopia is lined with footpaths to ancient churches and other locations of reflection. Now it is Africa’s aviation hub, with jet contrails streaking across the sky.

The public pilgrimage to the crash website started with Tewolde. He stood alone in the gaping crater, holding a piece of wreckage, in an image that swiftly produced its way about the globe.

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Investigators have now arrived in a multinational inquiry into the crash.

New arrivals Wednesday incorporated Indonesia’s not too long ago appointed ambassador, who told reporters he had arrived in the nation only a day earlier. He mourned 1 of his countrymen.

Chinese aviation specialists at the website paused and produced a modest supplying to the victims: incense, fruit and pieces of Ethiopian bread recognized as injera.

They bowed in unison and resumed their operate.

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