Ethiopia crash black boxes to be sent to France

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.

“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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