It has been announced today that the black box flight recorders from the crashed plane were flown to Paris.
“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 stated on Twitter.
As is was reported earlier, Ethiopia could not provide qualified expertise to analyse the data and voice records, so the black boxes were to be sent abroad. Germany refused to accept the challenge due to the inability to read the software used by Boeing.
The ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX was flying from Addis Ababa to Nairobi and crashed soon after take-off on March 10 taking the lives of all 157 people onboard.
Since it was the second incident involving the same model (a Lion Air flight also crashed minutes after take-off in Indonesia on 29 October 2018, killing 189 people), at the moment the entire fleet of this Boeing model is grounded.
Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam commented:
“There are very significant similarities. Two major accidents on the same airplane, brand new airplane, within five months. So, there are a lot of questions to be answered.”