Ethiopian Airlines said yesterday 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.
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.
Investigators 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.
Boeing’s 737 MAX is the newest version of a jet that has been a fixture of passenger travel for decades and the cash cow of the world’s largest aircraft maker, competing against the Airbus SE’s A320neo family of single-aisle jetliners.
The decades-old 737 family is considered one of the industry’s most reliable aircraft.
The 737-800 delivers superior reliability, fuel efficiency and high-value returns that operators require in today’s competitive market. Its exceptional versatility and lower maintenance and operating costs provide a competitive edge regardless of business model or market.
Boeing rolled out the fuel-efficient MAX 8 in 2017 as an update to the already-redesigned 50-year-old 737, and had delivered 350 MAX jets of the total order tally of 5,011 aircraft by the end of January.
But two crashes involving Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air have sparked global outrage on the safety status of the aircraft type.
The latest version of Boeing‘s best-selling 737 family has again been thrust into the spotlight after the fatal crash in Ethiopia, months after a deadly crash involving an identical brand-new jet in Indonesia.