Ethiopian Airlines Indonesia crash black box data, determine why the aircraft plunged.

Flight data from the doomed Ethiopian Airlines plane which crashed last week has shown “clear similarities” with last year’s Lion Air disaster, according to Ethiopia’s transport ministry.

Both planes were Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, and both crashed minutes after take-off after its pilots reported flight control problems.

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Investigators are trying to determine why the aircraft plunged into a field shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa on Sunday, killing all 157 people on the plane.

Ethiopia said on Sunday that its initial analysis of black boxes recovered from the wreckage has shown correlations with the Lion Air jet which crashed in Indonesia in October, killing all 189 people on broad.

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Transport ministry spokesman Muse Yiheyis said: “It was the same case with the Indonesian one. There were clear similarities between the two crashes so far.”

He did not elaborate what the similarities were, but added more information would be shared in “three or four days”.

It was not clear how many of the 1,800 parameters of flight data and two hours of cockpit recordings – spanning the doomed six-minute fight and earlier trips – had been taken into account as part of the preliminary Ethiopian analysis.

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Concern over the 737 MAX 8’s safety caused aviation authorities worldwide to ground it this week, wiping billions of dollars off Boeing’s market value.

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