Ethiopian Airlines crash relatives offered earth for ceremony

Lamar Ellis
March 17, 2019

France's Bureau of Inquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety has confirmed that it took possession of the flight data and cockpit voice recorders on Thursday. The BEA also said work resumed on the flight's data recorders.

Countries across the world grounded the 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft after flight 302 crashed on 10 March.

In the meantime an Ethiopian delegation has reportedly joined investigators in France who are probing the cause of last Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines Crash.

Transport Canada issued a safety notice on Wednesday restricting commercial use of the aircraft, citing new information from satellite tracking data that suggested "a possible, although unproven" similarity to the deadly Lion Air crash involving the same aircraft in October.

Air Canada and United Airlines on Friday became the first major carriers in North America to warn of negative financial implications to business as a effect of the grounding of the Boeing planes.

"It has been obvious since the Lion Air crash that a redesign of the 737 MAX 8 has been urgently needed. and the announced proposed fixes do not go far enough". "We view the interruptions from the 737 Max grounding as a temporary one", he said in a note to clients. Calgary-based WestJet Airlines Ltd.'s fleet includes 13 737 Max planes.

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The FAA has said that the Boeing 737 will not fly until a software update can be tested and installed.

"Following the banning of the 737 MAX from the airspace of many countries, including America, which is the country that builds it, this type of plane is now banned from Iranian airspace", Jafarzadeh said.

Both major Canadian airlines relied heavily on the 737 Max planes, and warned the groundings would cause delays and disruptions as they deployed other aircraft.

Trump and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed exchanged condolences Friday, Abiy said on Twitter, with the U.S. president praising Ethiopian Airlines as a "strong institution" and offering technical support.

In two anonymous reports on flights just after the Lion Air disaster, United States pilots disconnected the autopilot and corrected the plane's trajectory in response.

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