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Analysis of Ethiopian Aircraft's Black Box Begins in France


7Dnews London

Fri, 15 Mar 2019 13:54 GMT

Analysis of the flight recorders of the crashed Ethiopian Airlines plane has begun in France on Friday March 15th, with the aviation world holding its breath to know the cause behind the deadly crash that left all 157 on board dead, AP has reported

The New York Times reported that the pilot requested permission "in a panicky voice" to return to the airport, shortly after takeoff as the plane dipped up and down sharply, and appeared to gain startling speed.

The report cited "a person who reviewed air traffic communications" from Sunday March 10th’s flight, saying controllers noticed the plane was moving up and down by hundreds of feet.

An airline spokesman has said the pilot was given permission to return. But the plane crashed minutes later outside Addis Ababa.

French authorities now have the plane's flight data and voice recorders for analysis. They have said it was unclear whether data could be retrieved. The data recorder appeared to show damage. Ethiopian Airlines said an Ethiopian delegation, led by its chief accident investigator had also arrived in Paris.

Countries, including the U S, have grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8, as the US-based company faces the challenge of proving the jets are safe to fly, amid suspicions that faulty software might have contributed to two crashes that killed 346 people in less than six months.