Ethiopian Airlines crash black boxes, authorities investigate Sunday’s deadly.
The U.S. joined several other countries Wednesday in grounding Boeing 737 Max airplanes as authorities investigate Sunday’s deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash.
Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 was en route to Nairobi, Kenya, when the Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board, the airline confirmed. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.
A similar incident, also involving a Boeing 737 Max plane, claimed the lives of all people on board a Lion Air flight in Indonesia last year.
Here are the latest updates:
Update 11:30 a.m. EDT March 14: Ethiopian Airlines officials said Thursday in a statement that the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder recovered after Sunday’s deadly crash have been flown to Paris for investigation.
An officials with the French air accident investigation authority, known by its French acronym BEA, told The Associated Press the recorders have already arrived in France. The official did not give an estimate of how long it would take to analyze the devices.
Update 3:05 p.m. EDT March 13: Boeing officials said Wednesday they continue to have “full confidence in the safety of the 737 Max,” but they added that the company recommended the government ground the aircraft amid an investigation into Sunday’s deadly crash.
The incident was the second involving a Boeing 737 Max airplane since October, when a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Indonesia, killing everyone on board.
“We are supporting this proactive step out of an abundance of caution,” Dennis Muilenburg, president of The Boeing Company, said in a statement. “We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again.”