Ethiopian, Lion Air crashes bear resemblance


Black box data recovered from a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft that crashed last week shows "clear similarities" with a recent crash in Indonesia of the same type of aircraft, according to Ethiopia's transport minister.

Interpol and Blake Emergency Services, hired by Ethiopian Airlines, will work with Ethiopian police and health officials to identify the bodies, Dagmawit Moges, Ethiopia's Minister of Transport said on Saturday.

While declining to give details, Dagmawit Moges told journalists the parallels would be the "subject of further study during the investigation", with a preliminary report issued in "30 days".

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam has previously said the pilot of Flight 302 had "flight control problems" shortly before the plane crashed.

A safety analysis of a new software program that was installed on Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft reportedly had crucial flaws.

In the case of the Lion Air flight, pilots had difficulties with a new system on the Boeing 737 Max which is created to keep the plane from stalling.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

"The 737 MAX was certified in accordance with the identical Federal Aviation Administration requirements and processes that have governed certification of all previous new airplanes and derivatives", Boeing said Monday.

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A relative blows a kiss towards empty caskets draped with the national flag at a mass funeral at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Sunday, March 17, 2019.

Last week, airlines across the planet began grounding Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, though it took a few days longer for the FAA to ground 737 Max 8 and 737 Max 9 jets flying with US airlines (making the USA the last major country to do so).

Grieving relatives of the 157 victims killed in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash have been offered bags of scorched earth to bury instead of their loved ones.

He added Boeing were supporting the investigation.

An Ethiopian Airlines plane en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya, crashed on March 10, killing all 157 people aboard.

The planes in both crashes flew with erratic altitude changes that indicated the pilots struggled to override fatal nose dives triggered by automated controls.

"He was such a good person; he doesn't deserve this. He was the pillar for his whole family".

The Journal's report of the inspector general's probe comes after the 737 Max planes were grounded for an indefinite period globally last week in the wake of two deadly accidents involving the aircraft model.