Flight recorders from crashed Ethiopian Airlines plane recovered
- The airline said the investigators have retrieved the Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) of ET302.
- Ethiopian Airlines announced Monday, that it had grounded all its B-737-8 MAX fleet effective March 10, 2019, until further notice.
The flight recorders from the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday have been recovered, the airline has said.
In a statement on Monday afternoon, the airline said the investigators have retrieved the Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) of ET302.
157 people were killed in the crash, including 32 Kenyans and 17 Ethiopians.
Delegates at the assembly of the UN Environment Programme on Monday at Gigiri, Nairobi observed a minute of silence, in memory of the victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash.
China’s aviation regulator has already grounded nearly 100 Boeing Co 737 MAX 8 aircraft operated by its airlines, more than a quarter of the global fleet of the jets, after a deadly crash of one of the planes in Ethiopia.
Ethiopian Airlines on Monday also announced it had decided to ground all its B-737-8 MAX fleet effective March 10, 2019, until further notice.
“Although we don’t yet know the cause of the accident, we had to decide to ground the particular fleet as an extra safety precaution,” the airline said.
A committee comprising of Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, and Ethiopian Transport Authority has been set up to carry out the investigations.
Flight recorders to be analyzed
Two flight data recorders from Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 were found Monday, as airlines around the world began grounding Boeing 737 MAX 8s like the one which crashed Sunday, killing all 157 people on board.
The plane’s Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) were recovered from the wreckage, Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement. They will enable investigators and experts piece together the last moments of the flight and should help explain why the new plane crashed.
Flight ET302 to Nairobi had just taken off from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa Sunday when it reported technical problems and asked for permission to turn back. It crashed shortly after.
With investigations underway, multiple countries have suspended use of Boeing’s new 737 MAX 8 aircraft amid concerns about its safety.
On Monday, The Civil Aviation Administration of China ordered that all domestic Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets be out of the air by 6 p.m. local time, due to its principle of “zero tolerance for safety hazards.”
China has one of the world’s largest fleets of Boeing 737 MAX 8, operating 97 of the planes, according to China’s state-run media.