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Paris investigators start studying Ethiopian jet's recorder

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Investigators have started studying the cockpit voice recorder of the crashed jet.

The French air accident investigation agency tweeted that technical work on the recorder began Saturday. The also said work resumed on the flight's data recorders.

The recorders, also known as black boxes, were sent to because the has extensive expertise in analyzing such devices.

Experts from the and the plane's manufacturer Boeing are among those involved in the investigation.

In Ethiopia, forensic DNA work has begun on identifying the remains. It may take six months to identify the victims' remains, although death certificates should be issued in two weeks. The 157 who died in the crash came from 35 countries.

A mass memorial service for the dead is planned in to take place Sunday, one week after the crash.

Muslim families have already held prayers for the dead and are anxious to have something to bury as soon as possible.

The Ethiopian disaster and a crash last year in were both of 737 Max 8 planes. The and many other countries have grounded the Max 8s as the US-based company faces the challenge of proving the jets are safe to fly amid suspicions that faulty and contributed to the two crashes that killed 346 people in less than six months.

The US Federal Administration said regulators had new data from that showed the movements of Flight 302 were similar to those of Flight 610, which crashed off in October, killing 189 people.

Both planes flew with erratic altitude changes that could indicate the pilots struggled to control the aircraft. Shortly after their takeoffs, both crews tried to return to the airports but crashed.

Boeing said it supports the grounding of its planes as a precautionary step, while reiterating "full confidence" in their safety.

Engineers are making changes to the system designed to prevent an aerodynamic stall if detect that the jet's nose is pointed too high and its speed is too slow.

Investigators looking into the Indonesian crash are examining whether the automatically pushed the plane's nose down repeatedly, and whether the pilots knew how to solve that problem.

says its pilots received special training on the

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 21:40 IST