Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Ethiopian air crash: France to analyse Boeing's black boxes

Ethiopian air crash: France to analyse Boeing's black boxes

Boeing's shares have fallen 12 percent in the days after the crash in Ethiopia, wiping out almost $30 billion in value.

Recent crashes involving Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliners shows how both the US' Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and plane manufacturer Boeing failed to follow procedures and share pertinent information regarding the aircraft's computing system, Mary Schiavo, the former inspector general at the US Department of Transportation, told Sputnik.

Ethiopian Airlines chief Tewolde GebreMaria, has now released the last messages exchanged between the pilot and air traffic control.

Askhara said his airline had chose to reduce the order from 49 "before the crashes".

According to flight tracking website, FlightRadar24, all Boeing 737 MAX jets have now been grounded. He said the decision was based on new evidence that showed the plane that crashed Sunday in Ethiopia behaved similarly to another 737 Max that crashed five months ago in Indonesia, operated by Lion Air.

Indonesia's Lion Air Managing Director Daniel Putut told Reuters on Wednesday the airline has postponed all planned 737 MAX deliveries until at least the release of a final report into its crash a year ago.

The plane's crash-proof recorders have been sent to France to be analyzed.

The Federal Aviation Administration said findings from the crash site near Addis and "newly refined satellite data" warranted "further investigation of the possibility of a shared cause for the two incidents".

He said the trend in USA courts was in Boeing's favor.

"Rosaviatsia has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) stating that the flights of this type of aircraft [Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 - TASS] in Russian airspace are banned until further notice", he said.

The disaster shook the aviation world, with multiple countries denying entry to the Boeing 737 Max 8 model.

The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 - Max 8 plane, that crashed Sunday March 10, 2019.

Rose, the lawyer for passengers, said two accidents so close together will put the focus of any lawsuits on the Ethiopian crash on how Boeing tried to address problems with its MCAS system after the Lion Air crash.

It was unclear if United States transport authorities review the database or investigate the incidents. In a March 13 statement, Boeing said it respected the FAA's latest decision.

Questions about the Lion Air crash have honed in on an automated stall prevention system, the MCAS, created to automatically point the plane's nose downwards if it is in danger of stalling.

Speaking in a "panicky voice", the doomed aircraft's captain requested permission to return to the airport nearly immediately after takeoff as the plane "accelerated to abnormal speed", the newspaper reported Thursday, citing a person who had reviewed the air traffic communications.

Boeing was criticized after the Lion Air crash for allegedly failing to adequately inform 737 pilots about the functioning of the stall prevention system.

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