SAN FRANCISCO, March 12, (THEWILL) – Ethiopian Airlines said it had recovered the Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) of its Boeing 737 – Max 8 aircraft, which crashed a few minutes after take-off near the country’s capital, Addis Ababa.
The airline said the flight recorders, otherwise known as black boxes, were recovered after a tedious search by the investigative team who are working on the black box data to ascertain the cause of the crash.
Ethiopian Airline said in a statement signed by Biniyam Demssie it would monitor the situation closely with stakeholders, and was providing support to families of the deceased in its temporarily established family assistance centers in Addis Ababa and Nairobi airports.
“Although we don’t yet know the cause of the accident, we had to decide to ground the particular fleet as extra safety precaution.
All 157 souls, including two erudite Nigerians, Prof. Pius Adesanmi, and Abiodun Bashua, died in the crash on Sunday.
Ethiopian Airlines, however, has led the pack of global carriers to suspend commercial operations of all Boeing 737- Max 8 aircraft in its fleet.
China Airlines has also suspended commercial operations of the aircraft type.