Ethiopian crash: France accepts black box analysis, United States grounds Boeing

Ethiopian crash: France accepts black box analysis, United States grounds Boeing

This time the plane was a Boeing, whose popular 737 Max 8 model has been grounded or barred from air space in more than 40 countries pending investigation into what caused Sunday's crash.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co, the largest operator of the 737 MAX in the world with 34 jets, said it was experiencing unusually high call volumes and had canceled 39 MAX flights.

Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) has banned all Boeing 737 MAX flights in Russian airspace until further notice, the agency's head Alexander Neradko told reporters. Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines crash claimed 157 lives, including nine Britons.

This deadly crash followed the tragic end met by the 189 passengers of a Lion Air jet, which died in October 2018 when their plane plunged to the ground in Indonesia.

The FAA said on Wednesday a software upgrade being worked on following the Lion Air crash would take months to complete. Some industry officials think the plane maker and USA regulators may be forced to answer questions about the plane's design.

The lawmaker comments came after President Donald Trump said earlier on Thursday that the USA had to take a "cautionary route" after the plane was involved in two fatal crashes, and that he hoped the grounding would be temporary.

Similarities between them have led to attention focusing on technology created to stop the jets from stalling.

Conditions at Kelowna International Airport as of Wednesday morning.

Mourners Visit The Crash Site Of Ethiopian Airlines Flight
Mourners Visit The Crash Site Of Ethiopian Airlines Flight

If the recorders indicate a manufacturing problem or a software glitch in the anti-stall system, the planes could stay on the tarmac for a long time. Aviation experts say other technical issues or human error can not be discounted.

Moody's rating agency said the fallout from the crash would not immediately affect Boeing's credit rating.

Investigators have found the cockpit voice recorder and digital flight data recorder but it will be a while before the findings are made public.

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is also sending three investigators to assist.

Air Canada has 24 MAX 8 aircraft, which it uses mainly for domestic and US routes, and cancelled London-bound flights from Halifax and St. John's, N.L., after the United Kingdom banned all Boeing MAX 8 jets from its airspace.

The airport is storing 10 of the aircraft and says it has the flexibility to store more.

In Addis Ababa, about 200 angry family members of crash victims left a briefing with Ethiopian Airlines officials, saying that the carrier has not given them adequate information.

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