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Mangled black box recovered from Ethiopian Airlines crash site

15 March 2019

As analysis of the air tragedy gets underway in Paris, the French air accident investigation authority, known by its French acronym BEA, shared an image of the mangled flight data recorder.

And in what may precede a raft of claims, Norwegian Air has said it will seek compensation from Boeing for costs and lost revenue after grounding its fleet of 737 MAX, while Indonesia's Lion Air has frozen all deliveries of the MAX 8.

At least four American pilots made reports following the Lion Air crash, all complaining the aircraft suddenly pitched downwards shortly after takeoff, according to documents reviewed by AFP on the Aviation Safety Reporting System, a voluntary incident database maintained by NASA.

All 157 people on board - 149 passengers and eight crew - died in the crash.

It follows the decision by the US Federal Aviation Administration to temporarily ban the jet from US airspace - joining more than 50 countries which had already done the same.

Several flights at Kelowna International Airport have been either delayed or cancelled as of Wednesday because of a national decision to ground Boeing's 737 MAX 8 planes.

"There is no capacity here so the black box will be sent elsewhere for analysis".

In the meantime, Caribbean Airlines is doing all that it reasonably can, to accommodate on its aircraft, those passengers of other air carriers who may be affected by the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX-8.

Debris at the scene of the plane crash in Ethiopia
Debris at the scene of the plane crash in Ethiopia

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.

A Sunwing spokesperson says the aircraft are not commercial flights and that they are positioning them in Windsor for the time being.

However, the FAA said this week it had mandated that Boeing update its flight software and training on the aircraft.

By the end of January, Boeing had delivered 350 of the Max 8 models.

Flight ET 302, heading to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, crashed about 50km outside the Ethiopian capital six minutes after taking off.

There is a back and forth regarding investigations to unravel the exact cause of the March 10 Ethiopian Airline crash in the town of Bishoftu in the Oromia region.

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

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.

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Mangled black box recovered from Ethiopian Airlines crash site