Ethiopian Airlines plane crash probe begins in Paris

BEA investigators will try to retrieve information from the cockpit voice and flight data recorders
Forensics experts comb through the dirt for debris at the crash site of the Ethiopian Airlines operated Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, at Hama Quntushele village in Oromia region, on March 14, 2019, four days after the plane crashed into a field killing 157 passengers and crew. – The black box flight recorders from the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft that crashed in Ethiopia were flown to France on March 14, 2019 for analysis as the ban on the model went worldwide after the US President added the US to countries that have grounded the aircraft. The US action came after many airlines around the globe voluntarily took the model out of service and many countries banned it from their airspace. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP)

An investigation has begun in Paris into the cause of last week’s crash of a Nairobi-bound Boeing jet which killed all 157 passengers and crew, Ethiopian Airlines said Friday.

The official statement by the airline on Twitter

The two black boxes from the plane that ca down just six minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa on Sunday, were taken to Paris on Thursday.

BEA investigators will try to retrieve information from the cockpit voice and flight data recorders, which were damaged in the crash.

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Similarities between Sunday’s disaster and that of a Lion Air flight in Indonesia in October that killed 189 people have raised fears about the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 model.

The plane has since been grounded worldwide.

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