Why France is analyzing Ethiopian jet’s black boxes

Investigators are looking into what caused two crashes with the Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane in five months, one in Indonesia killing 189 people and another in Ethiopia killing 157 souls onboard on Sunday.

France's air accident investigation agency BEA will analyse black-box cockpit voice and data recorders from the crashed plane, a spokesman said.

We operate 34 MAX 8 aircraft in our fleet of more than 750 Boeing 737s.

In a news conference in Ottawa Wednesday morning, delayed twice by what Garneau said was incoming new information, the minister called the decision to ground the plane a precautionary move that was made after a review of all the available evidence.

The company added that it had decided "out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft's safety - to recommend to the FAA the temporary suspension of operations of the entire global fleet of 371 737 MAX aircraft".

"Nor have other civil aviation authorities provided data to us that would warrant action".

Officials at St. Louis Airport said Southwest is the online airline at the airport operating the 737 MAX planes, with roughly 10 flights total a day.


He says that "we have a range of options".

US Representative Rick Larsen said the software upgrade would take a few weeks to complete, and installing it on every plane would take "at least through April".

As the investigation into Sunday's fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash unfolds, numerous jurisdictions, including China, Germany, the United Kingdom and the European Union, had grounded the Max 8 or banned it from their airspace before Canada and the USA did.

Of the more than 370 Boeing 737 Max jets in global fleets, 74 are flown by USA airlines, according to the FAA. Both airlines said they would immediately comply with the FAA order.

It said the ban was a "precautionary measure" and that the GCAA would monitor and reassess the situation as more information on the latest incident was obtained. It was the second deadly MAX 8 crash in six months.

Lion Air now operates 10 Max 8 jets, part of a then-record $22 billion order from Boeing made in 2011.

"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.

  • Tracy Klein