Black boxes of crashed Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft sent to France

File photo of an Ethiopian Airlines plane. Photograph:( AFP )

AFP Ethiopia Mar 14, 2019, 12.40 PM (IST)

Ethiopian Airlines said today that it had flown the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) of the crashed Boeing 737 MAX 8 to Paris for investigation.

The Boeing flight crashed with 157 people on board as several countries including the US, India, Singapore and other countries grounded the 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

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Ethiopia had said earlier it would send the boxes from the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to Europe because it does not have the equipment to read the data, but did not specify a country.

US authorities said new evidence showed similarities between Sunday's deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 and a fatal Lion Air crash in Indonesia last October.

American Airlines said it had 24 aircraft affected by the US ban, while Southwest Airlines said it was still confirming the move.

The MAX series is Boeing's fastest-selling model.

There are 74 of the planes registered in the United States, and 387 in use worldwide with 59 carriers, according to the FAA.

On Sunday, a new Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 went down minutes into a flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, killing all 157 people on board.

In October, a Lion Air jet of the same model crashed in Indonesia, killing 189 people shortly after takeoff from Jakarta.

Turkish Airlines, one of the largest carriers in the world, said it was suspending its 12 MAX aircraft from Wednesday, until "uncertainty" was clarified.

Low-cost airline Norwegian Air Shuttle, South Korea's Eastar Jet and South Africa's Comair also said they would halt flights.

 
 

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US authorities said new evidence showed similarities between Sunday's deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 and a fatal Lion Air crash in Indonesia