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France to investigate crashed Ethiopian Airline's black boxes

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The black boxes retrieved from the 737 MAX 8 that crashed with 157 people on board, was on Thursday sent to for examination.

"An Ethiopian delegation led by (AIB) has flown the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) to Paris, for investigation," the wrote on

Authorities in told that the East African country lacks adequate resources required to carry out a detailed investigation of the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) that would further determine the cause of the disaster.

The black boxes will be examined by France's BEA (Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Safety) air accident investigation agency.

France's decision came after Germany's Federal Bureau of Accident Investigation (BFU) on Wednesday declined to examine the black boxes of the crashed

"This is a new type of with a new black box, with new software. We can't do it," quoted BFU as saying.

On the same day, Tewolde GebreMariam said in a statement that the black boxes of the crashed plane would be sent to a "closer country in Europe" rather than the for examination.

"It could also be sent to a closer country in in the interest of proximity and in the interest of speed," he added.

Several countries including Australia, Singapore, the UK, Ireland, France, India, and the have also disallowed the 737 Max 8 from operation in its airspace. A host of carriers like Jet Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Aeromexico, and have also grounded their fleets containing the said aircraft, citing customer safety.

The groundings of 737 MAX flights came after the said that one of two pilots on the ill-fated flight number 302 had reported "flight-control problems" to air traffic controllers, minutes after the plane crashed after taking off from

The pilot told the controllers that he wanted to turn back to the airport, which he was cleared to do so, three minutes before contact was lost with the cockpit, a for the said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 17:56 IST
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