Ethiopian Airlines crash: Pilot's last message before flight's doomed flight killing 157

Minnie Murray
March 16, 2019

A spokesman for the BEA said they wouldn't be announcing the results.

The airline also lost its plane and several crew members a year ago when flight JT 610 crashed into the Java Sea on October 28, killing everyone on board.

Soerjanto, the head of safety agency KNKT, told Reuters the investigation into the Lion Air crash would be speeded up and the report will be released in July-August, earlier than its original timeline of August-September.

As part of the plane crash investigation for the incident which occurred on March 11, debris is still being recovered from the wreckage, in hopes of finding the cause.

USA legislators said after a briefing with the acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Thursday that Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 planes will remain grounded for "weeks" at a minimum, until a software upgrade could be tested and installed in all of the planes. The repairs could cost Boeing at least $500 million and delay deliveries of new planes on order, analysts estimate.

The national airline of Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean Airlines (CAL), says it will not acquire the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft if it is found that it does not meet required safety standards.

USA aircraft industry company Boeing continues to manufacture aircraft of the 737 MAX model despite the decision to suspend their deliveries, a company spokesperson has told TASS by phone.

The flight data and cockpit voice recorders were handed over to France's Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA) on Thursday.

The New York Times also reported that Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 to Nairobi hit trouble nearly immediately after takeoff.

"Canada's transport minister said the decision was made based on "new data" about the Ethiopian Airlines crash received on Wednesday morning".

"We would like to apologize to customers who will be affected by temporary cancellations and delays", Norwegian Air said in a statement. After the Ethiopia crash, the company said it would deploy that upgrade across the fleet "in the coming weeks". "They're not there to protect any company, or any airline, or anybody else and i'm gonna be scrutinizing to make sure that there wasn't any undue influence", said Rep. Peter DeFazio.

Nations around the world, including an initially reluctant United States, have suspended the 371 MAX models in operation, though airlines are largely coping by switching flights to other planes in their fleets.

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