France begins analysis of black boxes from Ethiopian Airlines crash

Cheryl Sanders
March 15, 2019

Ethiopian Airlines said earlier it would send the two cockpit voice and data recorders overseas for analysis.

WestJet said in a statement on Wednesday that it is complying with the Transport Canada decision and that it is grounding the 13 MAX aircraft in its fleet. In total, there were at least 11 reports about the Boeing 737 MAX 8 logged on the Aviation Safety Reporting System between April 2018 and December 2018. The crash killed 157, including three Russians.

American Airlines Group Inc, with 24 MAX 8s, planned to cancel around 85 flights per day as a result of the ban, while servicing some of those flights with other aircraft such as the 737-800.

It follows the decision by the US Federal Aviation Administration to temporarily ban the jet from US airspace - joining more than 50 countries which had already done the same.

Debris at the scene of the plane crash in Ethiopia
Debris at the scene of the plane crash in Ethiopia

On Wednesday, Ethiopian's CEO hinted in an interview that the black box was due to be taken to Europe for analysis given that Ethiopia lacked that expertise.

US and Canadian carriers wrestled with customer calls and flight cancellations on Thursday after the two countries followed other nations in grounding Boeing's 737 MAX planes because of safety concerns.

Boeing chief Dennis Muilenburg said he supported the United States decision "out of an abundance of caution" but had "full confidence" in the safety of the plane.

Officials at Syracuse Hancock International Airport say they don't expect the grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft to have much, if any, impact on Syracuse travelers.

Boeing's shares have sunk 10 percent since Sunday's crash, wiping more than $20 billion off the company's market value.

It could also look at Grant County International Airport in central Washington, where Boeing regularly tests aircraft.

Boeing was criticised after the Lion Air crash for allegedly failing to adequately inform 737 pilots about the functioning of the stall prevention system.

The MAX series is Boeing's fastest-selling model, but it is still relatively new with fewer than 500 in service.

Investigators have drawn similarities between the crashes, and focused their attention on the aircrafts' anti-stall system.

The Max 8 that crashed on Sunday was one of 30 ordered as part of Ethiopian Airlines' expansion.

Southwest Airlines and American Airlines, the largest USA operators of the 737 MAX, said they had started flying empty MAX aircraft to be parked elsewhere during the ban.

Flight ET 302, heading to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, crashed about 50km outside the Ethiopian capital six minutes after taking off.

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