Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Grieving families given earth from Ethiopian crash site

Grieving families given earth from Ethiopian crash site

Five of Southwest Airline's grounded Boeing 737 Max jets are parked at Orlando International Airport as the FAA investigates two crashes connected to the aircraft.

In Paris, France's BEA air accident investigation agency said data from the jet's cockpit voice recorder has been successfully downloaded.

As families wait for the results from the investigation into the cause of the crash, Ethiopian Airlines is planning to hold a service on Sunday in Addis Ababa, at the Kidist Selassie, or Holy Trinity Cathedral, where numerous country's past rulers are buried beneath its pink stone spires.

In the meantime an Ethiopian delegation has reportedly joined investigators in France who are probing the cause of last Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines Crash.

New evidence points to similarities between two deadly crashes involving the Boeing 737 Max 8.

A mass memorial service for the dead is planned in Addis Ababa to take place Sunday, one week after the crash. However, authorities say they will issue death certificates within two weeks.

Air Canada would face the costs of re-booking passengers after the planes were grounded, and other costs from not having scheduled access to the more efficient MAXes, said AltaCorp analyst Chris Murray.

Boeing executives and technical experts briefed pilots at USA airlines that fly the Max in November about the plane, less than a month after the Lion Air crash.

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 is a brand-new jet.

However, Boeing said, in a statement, that it expects the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to approve design changes to the planes' software "no later than April 2019".

The New York Times said the captain, Yared Getachew, initially reported a "flight control" problem in a calm voice before asking to return in panicked tones three minutes into the flight.

Speaking in a "panicky voice", the doomed aircraft's captain requested permission to return to the airport nearly immediately after takeoff as the plane "accelerated to abnormal speed", the newspaper reported Thursday, citing a person who had reviewed the air traffic communications.

Boeing, in its turn, said on Wednesday that it had "full confidence" in the safety of its 737 MAX aircraft but supported the decision to temporarily ground the entire fleet of 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9 series planes after the crash.

The oscillating flight track is similar to the Lion Air crash in October.

Montreal-based Air Canada has said it operated 75 737 MAX flights daily out of a total schedule of approximately 1,600 daily flights system-wide.

Boeing plans to release upgraded software for the 737 MAX in a week to 10 days, sources familiar with the matter said.

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