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US sends officials to France to assist probe in crashed Ethiopian Airlines plane's black boxes

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The on Thursday sent three officials to to assist with the investigation of the black boxes retrieved from the 737 Max 8 plane of Ethiopian that crashed with 157 people on board.

cited a statement released by the (NTSB), saying, "The is dispatching three investigators to on Thursday to assist with the downloading and analysis of flight recorders from the 737 MAX 8 that crashed Sunday near Addis Ababa, "

On Thursday, the black boxes reached France's BEA (Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Safety) air accident investigation agency, where the analysis of the recorded data will be conducted.

The French Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Safety (BEA) will download the flight data recorder and cockpit recorder in support of the investigation, the statement added.

"Yes, the devices have been at BEA since 1 p.m. [local time, 12:00 GMT]," a BEA confirmed.

Questions regarding the safety of the widely used 737 MAX 8 rose after the jets of the said make were involved in two air crashes in the last five months.

On March 10, flight number 302 of the Ethiopian crashed a few minutes after takeoff from Adis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board.

An of the same make was also involved in the Lion plane crash in the Sea near Jakarta, last year. Here too, the crashed a few minutes after taking off, claiming the lives of all 189 people on board.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 23:38 IST