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Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed, killing all 157 on board

The black box from the flight has been found, Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed.

An Ethiopian Airlines flight heading from Addis Abba to Nairobi crashed yesterday, Sunday March 10th, killing all 157 on board. The plane that crashed was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, the same model as the Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed soon after takeoff from Jakarta in 2018 – killing 189 people. Most of the victims were from Kenya, though the plane was carrying passengers from around the world. Many worked for the United Nations.

The black box from the flight has been found, Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed. The black box – or digital flight data recorder – will provide the first clues as to what caused the Ethiopian Airlines plane to crash just six minutes after takeoff. The flight's cockpit voice recorder has also been recovered, the airline said.

The Ethiopian Airlines crash, which killed all 157 people on board Sunday, is the second time in less than six months that a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft has crashed within minutes of takeoff.

Both crashes are under investigation and there is no evidence of a link between the two, but similarities between the incidents have prompted caution among some aviation authorities and airlines.

Ethiopian Airlines has grounded its fleet of Boeing 737-MAX 8 planes, it said in a tweet Monday. The grounding went into effect following the crash of one of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes in a remote, hilly area that is a two-hour drive from the capital of Addis Ababa on Sunday. All 157 people on board died. The airline's Boeing 737-MAX 8s will remain out of action "until further notice," according to the tweet.

"Although we don't yet know the cause of the accident, we had to decide to ground the particular fleet as extra safety precaution," the airline said.

These airlines, countries and agencies have grounded their MAX 8 aircraft until further notice:

  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Cayman Airways
  • Indonesia (country-wide)
  • Civil Aviation Administration of China

These airlines have MAX 8 jets in their fleet but have not grounded them:

  • American Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Norwegian Air
  • SilkAir
  • TUI Aviation
  • Fiji Airways
  • Icelandair
  • Flydubai
  • Westjet

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), along with other international agencies, continue to investigate the crash.

Tatiana Rokou

Tatiana is the news coordinator for TravelDailyNews Media Network (traveldailynews.gr, traveldailynews.com and traveldailynews.asia). Her role includes monitoring the hundreds of news sources of TravelDailyNews Media Network and skimming the most important according to our strategy.

She holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication & Mass Media from Panteion University of Political & Social Studies of Athens and she has been editor and editor-in-chief in various economic magazines and newspapers.

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