A year ago today 149 passengers and eight cabin crew boarded an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi.
Just minutes after take-off the Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed, killing everyone on board.
No bodies have ever been recovered and only poignant personal belongings were found amid the wreckage at the crash site.
The devastating crash is still under investigation but in the aftermath all 737 MAX aircraft around the world were grounded.
People from 30 countries died in the crash and nine victims were Brits, including United Nations worker Joanna Toole, of Exmouth, Devon.
The 36-year-old dedicated her life to animal welfare.
Kenyan and British dual national Joseph Waithaka, 55, moved to the UK in 2004.
He worked for the Humberside probation service in Hull before returning to live in Kenya in 2015.
Sarah Auffret, had had dual British and French nationality, and was a polar tourism expert.
She had been travelling to Nairobi to talk about how to tackle marine plastic pollution at the UN event.
Sam Pegram was just 25 when he was killed in the crash.
He was from Penwortham in Lancashire and was an intern with the Norwegian Refugee Council, based in Geneva.
Oliver Vick, 45, from Berkshire, was travelling to a posting with the UN in Somalia.
The plane had completely broken up on impact six minutes after take-off.
Thousands of pieces of light green mangled fuselage were strewn across the crash site.
Napkins and singed inflight magazine pages littered the fields, along with personal items like carry on bags, a credit card, a broken travel cot and even handwritten notes.
While the investigation into exactly what caused the crash is still ongoing, it seems the pilots battled frantically to right the stricken plane.
Just a minute after take-off, under orders from the captain, Yared Getachew, the first officer, Ahmed Nur Mohammod Nur, called ground control to report a "flight problem".
A minute later, the plane's MCAS system, which is supposed to prevent the pilot from pulling the aircraft up too sharply, kicked in and pitched the flight into a dive towards the ground.
The pilot desperately battled to regain control and managed to halt the dive – but the plane was still rapidly losing altitude.
Once again the MCAS system activated and the pilots desperately flipped the switches to turn it off but this also disabled the stabiliser.
The only way to move it was to yank hard on the wheel – but they were battling against huge aerodynamic pressure.
In the chaos the plane's engines had also been left on full take-off power and despite their frantic efforts the pilots were unable to move the stabliser.
Just three minutes into the flight, with the plane's speed increasing and it still losing altitude, the pilot requested permission to return to the airport.
It was granted and all other aircraft were diverted but as the plane was turned around it rolled sharply to the right.
Struggling to stop the plane from diving closer to the ground, the pilot and first officer turned back on the system that would activate the stabiliser.
But in doing so, it also switched the MCAS system back on, which meant the plane's nose was pushed down.
In one last heroic attempt to avert a crash, the captain and first officer desperately tried to raise the nose manually by pulling hard on their yokes – but the plane was still plunging to the ground.
Six minutes after take-off the Ethiopian Airlines flight disappeared from radar as it hit the ground.
Several eye witnesses to the tragedy reported that the plane was trailling "white smoke" and was making "strange noises" before it hit the earth.
Flight ETH302 hit the ground at 700mph.
In the aftermath of the tragedy two expert pilots, John Cox and Chesley Sullenberger, who ditched the US Airways Flight in New York's Hudson River, both took part in flight simulations of the crash.
Cox said: "It was a breeding ground for confusion and task saturation."
Meanwhile, Sullenberger added: "Even knowing what was going to happen, I could see how crews would have run out of time and altitude before they could have solved the problems."
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