Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

France begins analysis of black boxes from Ethiopian Airlines crash

France begins analysis of black boxes from Ethiopian Airlines crash

"An Ethiopian delegation led by Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has flown the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) to Paris, France for investigation", the airline said in a statement on Thursday.

In a tweet, Kelowna International Airport wrote: "Transport Canada has announced the temporary grounding of the Boeing MAX 737 fleet". According to Neradko, further decisions will be based on the assessment "of the directives and reports coming from the US Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Boeing Company".

Ethiopian investigators have now sent the black boxes to Paris to be analyzed - almost three days after they were recovered from the crash site.

"At the moment we're putting our focus on operations today and assisting airlines as they try to swap aircraft and potentially move them around to different gates", said Reid Fiest, from the Calgary Airport Authority.

Following last October's Lion Air crash in Indonesia, investigators said the pilots had appeared to struggle with an automated system created to keep the plane from stalling, a new feature of the jet.

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

On Wednesday, the US President Donald Trump ordered the FAA to ground all 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft, citing safety concerns.

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The Sunday crash prompted more than 40 nations to ground Boeing 737 MAX 8 as it followed a similar tragedy involving the same type of plane, which occurred last October and resulted in deaths of 189 people on board.

A Sunwing spokesperson says the aircraft are not commercial flights and that they are positioning them in Windsor for the time being.

Norwegian Air has said it will seek compensation from Boeing for costs and lost revenue after grounding its 737 Max fleet.

The aircraft will not fly until a software update can be tested and installed.

By the end of January, Boeing had delivered 350 of the Max 8 models. Aviation experts say other technical issues or human error can not be discounted.

The delayed flight ET302 took off from Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa at 08:38 local time (05:38 GMT) and was bound for Kenyan capital Nairobi.

Following the Ethiopian Airlines crash, many countries, including Russian Federation, the United States and European Union members, grounded Boeing 737 MAX aircraft for safety reasons. That created concern that the plane might be slightly more prone to an aerodynamic stall if not flown properly, so Boeing developed software to prevent that.

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