Ethiopian Airlines: Boeing 737 Max crash relatives offered earth for ceremony

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Relatives of victims grieve on Thursday at the site where an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday near Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

An Ethiopian delegation delivered the cockpit voice and flight data recorders, which were damaged in the disaster, to France's BEA air safety agency to begin the investigation on Friday.

The Ethiopian disaster and a crash a year ago in Indonesia both involved Boeing 737 Max 8 planes. The latest crash, this time of an Ethiopian jetliner, killed all 157 people on board.

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

It marked the second deadly crash in months involving the 737 Max, the newest and fastest-selling aircraft in Boeing's fleet.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said regulators had new data from satellite-based tracking that showed the movements of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 were similar to those of Lion Air Flight 610, which crashed off Indonesia in October, killing 189 people. The pilot of that plane reported control problems.

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The investigations into both 737 Max crashes are underway, and expected to focus on the automated controls. "We view the interruptions from the 737 Max grounding as a temporary one", he said in a note to clients.

"Following the banning of the 737 MAX from the airspace of many countries, including America, which is the country that builds it, this type of plane is now banned from Iranian airspace", Jafarzadeh said.

Emirati carrier flydubai this week said the 737 MAX remained integral to its future strategy and that it valued its long-standing relationship with Boeing.

However, Aimer said, after a certain point the Ethiopian Airlines plane's fate was sealed.

Both major Canadian airlines relied heavily on the 737 Max planes, and warned the groundings would cause delays and disruptions as they deployed other aircraft.

However, there have been reports from pilots that the system tip the aircraft's nose downwards within minutes of take-off, forcing them to step in to stop the plane from dropping.

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