Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

French Aviation Watchdog Sends Boeing 737 MAX Crash Data to Ethiopian Officials

French Aviation Watchdog Sends Boeing 737 MAX Crash Data to Ethiopian Officials

France's Bureau of Inquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA) received the flight data and cockpit voice recorders on Thursday.

Canada and the United States on Wednesday joined other countries around the world in grounding the planes, after a deadly Ethiopian Airlines plane crash killed all 157 people on board.

The person said that under the victim´s Jewish faith, no funeral could be held until his remains were returned, and the six-month delay was stressing the victim´s family. The French agency said in a tweet it had not listened to the audio files and that the data had been transferred to Ethiopian investigators.

Air Canada on Friday became the first major airline to announce a financial impact from the grounding of Boeing Co's 737 MAX planes on safety concerns, after the carrier suspended its previously-stated financial forecasts for 2019.

Papers given to the families at the Skylight Hotel on Saturday said death certificates would be issued within two weeks, and an initial payment made to cover immediate expenses.

"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.

Boeing executives and technical experts briefed pilots at US airlines that fly the Max in November about the plane, less than a month after the Lion Air crash.

The New York Times reports that shortly before crashing, the 737 Max 8 plane erratically went up and down by hundreds of feet at an abnormally fast speed.

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"The president reiterated his sorrow over the loss of life and underscored America's commitment to work with the government of Ethiopia - a longstanding partner and friend of the United States - and global civil aviation authorities to determine the cause of the crash", the White House said in a statement.

The US planemaker expects the US Federal Aviation Administration to approve design changes to the software "no later than April 2019".

In both crashes, pilots asked to return minutes into flight. But Boeing investors on Friday cheered a report that the company might be closer than thought to fixing software that helps control the plane.

"Safety is Boeing's No. 1 priority and we have full confidence in the safety of the 737 Max", the statement read.

The 737 Max has flight-control software that can automatically tilt the stabilizers if sensors detect that the plane is in danger of losing aerodynamic lift from the wings, which is necessary to stay aloft.

Preliminary satellite data suggests that the jet's flight path was similar to that of a Lion Air Max 8 that crashed October 29 in Indonesia.

Boeing plans to release upgraded software for its 737 Max in a week to 10 days, sources familiar with the matter said.

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