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May 21, 2019

Ethiopian Airlines’ crashed jet’s black boxes sent to Paris for analysis

March 15, 2019
Rescuers work at the scene of Ethiopian Airlines flight crash near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Monday. (Mulugeta Ayene / AP)

The black boxes from the Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed on Sunday near Addis Ababa have been shipped to France to be analyzed, said the carrier on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Ethiopia stated it would send the recorders to Paris because it lacked the proper facilities to execute such a thorough probe, reported Al Jazeera.

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“An Ethiopian delegation led by Accident Investigation Bureau has flown the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder to (Paris) for investigation, Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement.

Two men carry suitcases containing flight recorders from the crashed Ethiopian Airlines jet into the French air accident investigation authority on Thursday.
Two men carry suitcases containing flight recorders from the crashed Ethiopian Airlines jet into the French air accident investigation authority on Thursday. (Christophe Ena / AP)

Analysts supported the decision by Africa’s largest airline to send the black boxes to France.

“To send the data recorders to the (U.S.) would be to allow a party with a vested interest to be a judge in its own case, said Keele University law professor Awo Allo. “Boeing is more than just a company for the U.S., and Ethiopia cannot reasonably expect a judicious outcome from the U.S. investigation.”

Flight 302 was heading to Nairobi, Kenya from Addis Ababa when it crashed about 30 miles outside the Ethiopian capital only six minutes after departing.

“The truth about the crash is indeed contained in the flight recorders,” a French Bureau of Inquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety spokesman said on Thursday.

All 157 travelers on board — which included eight crew members — perished in the fiery crash.

On Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered the temporary grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operated by American carriers.

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