Black boxes from crashed Ethiopian Airlines jet to be analysed in Europe | World News
The black boxes from the crashed Ethiopian Airlines jet are to be sent to Europe for analysis to try to shed light on why the plane went down.
The data recorder and cockpit voice recorder from the Boeing 737 MAX 8 were recovered on Monday, a day after the crash that killed 157 people.
They could yield vital information on the pilot’s actions and the state of the aircraft’s systems before the tragedy.
Ethiopian Airlines spokesman Asrat Begashaw confirmed the boxes were being sent to Europe, but said exactly which country would be “decided today or tomorrow”.
The aircraft crashed near the town of Bishoftu, around 40 miles from Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
Flight ET302 had only been in the air for about six minutes and was on its way to Nairobi in Kenya. Nine Britons were among the dead.
The largest number of victims were Kenyan and many on board were United Nations delegates on their way to an environment summit.
The cause of the crash is currently unknown, but the pilot had reported difficulties and requested to return to the airport.
More than 40 countries, the European Union, and many airlines have suspended flights by the Boeing 737 MAX 8 over fears there is a problem by the aircraft.
A Lion Air plane of the same model crashed into the Java Sea last year, shortly after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia, killing all 189 on board.
Ethiopian Airlines has said their jet underwent a routine maintenance check last month and that pilot Yared Getachew had flown more than 8,000 hours and had an “excellent flying record”.
Egypt, Lebanon and Kosovo became the latest to bar the plane from their airspace on Wednesday.
Thailand’s civil aviation authority also ordered Lion Air to suspend flying Boeing 737 MAX planes for seven days while it carries out risk assessments and special training for pilots.
The US however, where dozens of the jets are in service, is so far refusing to ban the aircraft from American airspace.
“Thus far, our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft,” said Daniel K. Elwell from the Federal Aviation Administration
Boeing’s 737 has flown for more than five decades and the updated MAX 8, with bigger engines designed to use less fuel, entered service in 2017.
The company stands by its aircraft and has said it has no reason to pull the popular jet from he skies, but has promised to upgrade some flight control software “in the coming weeks”.