Ethiopian crash: France accepts black box analysis, USA grounds Boeing

Leroy Wright
March 15, 2019

Earlier, the USA pilots already expressed their safety concerns about flying Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft as they complained that the jets' autopilot sometimes prompted them to nosedive and lose altitude.

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Ethiopian investigators have now sent the black boxes to Paris to be analyzed - almost three days after they were recovered from the crash site.

American Airlines Group Inc, with 24 MAX 8s, planned to cancel around 85 flights per day as a result of the ban, while servicing some of those flights with other aircraft such as the 737-800.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order to ground the jets on Wednesday saying it made the decision based on "newly refined satellite data" and 'new evidence collected at the site and analyzed'.

The BEA notably helps with investigations in countries without the resources or equipment to analyse the flight recorders, often called the black boxes.

The first Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane landed in Windsor late Wednesday afternoon, with no passengers on board, after the federal government banned the plane from Canadian airspace. The group includes the Max 7, 8, 9 and 10 models.

The French air accident investigation authority known by its French acronym BEA is now handling the analysis of the so-called black box flight recorders fro
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On Wednesday, both Canada and the USA. announced the aircraft would be temporarily grounded in North America, citing concerns stemming from a deadly plane crash in Ethiopia on Sunday that killed 157 people, including 18 Canadians.

Key congressmen say they will investigate why the FAA approved the Max without requiring more training for pilots.

Meanwhile, the Boeing Company said in a statement that it continued "to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX" but supported the suspension of flights.

Officials at Lion Air have said sensors on their plane produced erroneous information on its last four flights, triggering an automatic nose-down command that the pilots were unable to overcome on its final voyage.

The accounts of the recent crashes were echoed in concerns registered by United States pilots on how the MAX 8 behaves.

The Ethiopian Airlines plane was less than four months old when it went down six minutes into its flight to Nairobi.

Boeing Co.'s 737 Max family of passenger jets could remain grounded in the U.S.at least through April, House lawmakers said Thursday after they were briefed by aviation regulators. That created concern that the plane might be slightly more prone to an aerodynamic stall if not flown properly, so Boeing developed software to prevent that.

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