Ethiopia Plane Crash Probe Team Arrives In Paris

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Today, Ethiopian Airlines said that an Ethiopian team that is assigned to investigate the crash of flight ET302, which killed all of the 157 passengers aboard, has arrived in Paris, where the black boxes of the aircraft are being examined.

Ethiopian Airlines tweeted: “The Ethiopian delegation led by the chief investigator of Accident Investigation Bureau has arrived in the French Safety Investigation (BEA) facilities and the investigation process has started in Paris.”

Last Thursday, the air accident investigation agency of France received two black boxes whose data investigators will analyse to determine what caused Sunday’s crash. The plane plunged into a field minutes after take-off.

The agency tweeted a picture of the data recorder, which appeared to show that the crash-proof housing protecting the critical recording chip is intact. The investigators will also analyse the voice recorder, which should have picked up the conversations between the air traffic controllers and the pilots.

More than 40 countries across the globe, including an initially reluctant United States, have grounded the Boeing 737 MAX 8 models that are in operation or refuse to let the aircraft fly into their airspace. Since the model is relatively new, only 371 such planes were flying, however, another almost 5,000 MAXs are on order, meaning that the financial implications are huge.

The aircraft, a Boeing 737 Max 8, went down six minutes after departing Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. All of the 157 people onboard the plane were killed.

Another aircraft with the same model crashed similarly in Indonesia last October. The Lion Air plane went down 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta, killing 189 passengers.

Some countries started grounding the 737 Max 8 of Boeing hours after the Ethiopian Airlines crash. The Federal Aviation Administration of the United States did so last Wednesday. Officials said that they had discovered new satellite data and evidence revealing that the movements of the Ethiopian Airlines plane were very similar to the Lion Air aircraft that crashed.