Investigators Find ‘Clear Similarities’ Between Ethiopian and Indonesian Boeing 737 Max Crashes

By Paul Riegler on 17 March 2019
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IMG_7725 2Data retrieved from the flight data recorder of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max that crashed a week ago show similarities to data from the Lion Air flight that crashed in Indonesia last October.

“Clear similarities were noted between Ethiopian Air Flight 302 and Indonesian Lion Air Flight 610,” said Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges, who said that this would be “the subject of further study during the investigation.”

The minister said that investigators from Ethiopia as well as from the National Transportation Safety Board have validated the data and that representatives from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and French Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la sécurité de l’aviation civile (Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety) were present when the black box data was downloaded.

Last week, the Ethiopians handed over the flight data and cockpit voice recorders to France’s air accident investigation agency for analysis that should reveal the cause of the crash.

A preliminary report on the accident should be available within 30 days, Ms. Moges told reporters.

The black boxes store key data including flight parameters, engine sounds, instrumentation warnings, cockpit voice recordings, and other audio that investigators will use to help determine the cause of the crash.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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