Ethiopian Crash: Germany rejects analysis of black box, France accepts

Lester Mason
March 15, 2019

Investigators have found only charred remains of passengers, and no cause has yet been found for the second fatal crash of a Boeing 737 MAX in less than six months.

Cape Town - The families of those who died on board the Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 have been allowed to visit the site for the first time, al Jazeera reports.

The US Federal Aviation Administration was under intense pressure to ground the planes and resisted even after Canada relented on Wednesday and agreed to bar the Max from the air, leaving the US nearly alone.

The still unexplained crash, just after take-off from Addis Ababa, followed another disaster involving a Boeing 737 MAX in Indonesia five months ago that killed 189 people. It said the investigation was biased against the pilots, who were blamed for the crash.

He told Reuters in February that the carrier wanted to swap some of its order for MAX 8s for widebody Boeing models.

Indonesia's Lion Air Managing Director Daniel Putut told Reuters on Wednesday the airline has postponed all planned 737 MAX deliveries until at least the release of a final report into its crash past year.

The victims' remains were reported to have been stored at Menelik Hospital Mortuary in the city but there has been no independent confirmation by respective embassies or the family members.

France's BEA air safety agency confirmed it has received the recorders from the plane that crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa on Sunday, killing all 157 people aboard.

"There is no capacity here so the black box will be sent elsewhere for analysis".

One airline industry source said Ethiopian government authorities had told him there were no current plans to do DNA identification.

The Federal Aviation Administration said findings from the crash site near Addis and "newly refined satellite data" warranted "further investigation of the possibility of a shared cause for the two incidents".


The move came after a growing number of airlines and countries had already decided not to fly the planes or ban them from their airspace until it was ascertained there are no safety issues.

Trump told reporters the "safety of the American people and all peoples is our paramount concern".

"This is a new type of aircraft with a new black box, with new software".

Meanwhile, Boeing stocks continue to slide on the United States stock market.

"There are delivery dates that aren't being met, there's usage of the aircraft that's not being met, and all the supply chain things that Boeing so carefully crafted", Cox said.

Norwegian Air seeks compensation OSLO Norwegian Air said on Wednesday it will seek compensation from plane maker Boeing for costs and lost revenue after grounding its fleet of 737 MAX 8 aircraft in the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines crash. However, the FAA said this week it had mandated that Boeing update its flight software and training on the aircraft.

Investigators looking into the Indonesian crash are examining whether the software automatically pushed the plane's nose down repeatedly, and whether the Lion Air pilots knew how to solve that problem by throwing toggle switches and canceling the automated nose-down commands.

An airline spokesman has said the pilot was given permission to return.

The captain asked in a panicky voice to turn back only three minutes into the flight as the plane accelerated to abnormal speeds, the newspaper reported, citing a person who reviewed the jet's air traffic communications.

Families of some of the 157 victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 stormed out of a meeting with the airline on Thursday, complaining they were not being given timely information, as others paid their respects at the burnt crash site.

"It is hard to get a system to work seamlessly with human beings", he told AFP.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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