Black boxes from Ethiopian Airlines crash arrive in France

Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Mr Tewolde Gebremariam at the crash scene
Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Mr Tewolde Gebremariam at the crash scene of flight ET 302/10. Photo: Ethiopian Airlines

The black boxes from the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 which crashed on Sunday killing all 157 on board have arrived in France where they will be examined by investigators.

Following discussion over where the investigation should be held, the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) were handed over to France’s Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA). 

Technical analysis will begin today (Friday 15 March) and according to the BEA, the first conclusions could be released in several days.

On board the doomed flight were people from 35 nations including 9 Britons and an Irish national and it is the second such calamity involving Boeing’s plane since October. 

The possibility of links between the accidents has sent shockwaves through the aviation industry and left the world’s biggest plane manufacturer desperately trying to to prove the safety its model.

Boeing has said it had paused deliveries of its Seattle built 737 MAX aircraft built but is continuing to produce its single-aisle jets. The company has also said it would roll out the software improvement “across the 737 MAX fleet in the coming weeks.”

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