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Investigators resume work on analysing Ethiopian Airways' black boxes

Nations around the world, including an initially reluctant United States, have suspended 737 MAX models in operation

Reuters 

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Ethiopian Federal policemen stand at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photo: Reuters

France's air accident investigation agency said on Saturday it had resumed work analysing the black boxes from an plane that crashed last week, in coordination with teams from Boeing as well as U.S. and EU aviation safety authorities.

The black boxes’ data should provide answers to why the aircraft hurtled into the ground minutes after take off last Sunday from Addis Ababa, killing 157 people.

The French agency said that, in addition to Boeing, teams were also attending from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.

Nations around the world, including an initially reluctant United States, have suspended 737 MAX models in operation. The crash in Ethiopia was the second in five months for the plane after another in Indonesia in October.

The model is relatively new - only 371 such planes were flying - but another nearly 5,000 are on order, meaning the financial implications are huge.

First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 21:36 IST
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