Data from Ethiopian plane cockpit voice recorder downloaded
It's exactly one week since an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crashed, killing all 149 passengers and eight crew members. And as investigations continue, the examination of the black boxes is underway in Paris.
Before the accident, the pilot reportedly complained of flight-control problems, a situation that can only be confirmed once an official report from the investigators is released.
On Sunday, March 10, at 8:38 a.m. local time an Ethiopian Airlines-owned Boeing 737 Max 8 plane took off from Bole International Airport with no remarks. It was on a scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya.
Within six minutes of going airborne, a tragedy occurred as the plane crashed and killed all on board.
At the crash site about 70 kilometers from the capital Addis Ababa, the black box was recovered and remains of the deceased were collected.
A full investigation is now underway that includes the work being done in France on the recovered voice and data recording device.
Ethiopian Airlines said the process to identify the deceased through DNA results will take 5-6 months. But families will be provided with death certificates in two weeks' time.
Despite the tragic accident, Ethiopian Airlines is said to be one of the safest and most successful airliners in the world. The Ethiopian flag carrier is currently the only profitable and globally represented African airliner.
Confirmed reports suggest so far more than 50 nations have taken steps to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes. The restrictions range from banning the models from countries' airspace or airports to grounding that model in the fleets of airlines based in different countries, which is already a huge blow for Boeing.
Experts are already blaming the U.S.-based manufacturer for sending out insufficiently cooked aircraft to the global market.