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Ethiopia crash black boxes to be sent to France

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The black box recorders from the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed just minutes after takeoff at the weekend, killing 157 people, will be sent to France for analysis, the country’s air accident investigation agency (BEA) said Wednesday.
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This handout photograph released from the Twitter account of Ethiopian Airlines on March 10, 2019, shows a man inspecting what is believed to be wreckage at the crash site of an Ethiopia Airlines aircraft near Bishoftu, a town some 60 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. – A Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 crashed six minutes after an early-morning takeoff from Addis Ababa on March 10, killing all 149 passengers and eight crew on board, Ethiopian Airlines said as world leaders offered condolences to distraught next-of-kin. People holding passports from 32 countries and the UN were on board the plane which ploughed into a field just 60 kilometres (37 miles) southeast of Addis Ababa, the carrier’s CEO Tewolde GebreMariam told journalists in the capital, lamenting this “very sad and tragic day.” (Photo by HO / TWITTER ACCOUNT OF ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES / AFP) /
“The Ethiopian authorities have asked BEA for its assistance in order to analyse” the two black boxes, the agency said, adding that they would be sent on Thursday.

Earlier Wednesday, Ethiopia said it would send the black boxes to Europe following the disaster, the second deadly crash involving the Boeing 737 Max 8 plane in less than six months.



The Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 was less than four months old when it went down six minutes into a flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi on Sunday, disintegrating on impact.

The crash has prompted governments worldwide including the US to ban the American aerospace giant’s bestselling jet from their airspace.

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