Plane crash probe has begun in Paris: Ethiopian Airlines

Friday March 15 2019

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8

Men unload a case containing the black boxes from the crashed Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 outside the headquarters of France's BEA air accident investigation agency in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, on March 14, 2019. PHOTO | PHILIPE WOJAZER | REUTERS 

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An investigation has begun in Paris into the cause of last week's crash of a Nairobi-bound Boeing jet which killed all 157 passengers and crew, Ethiopian Airlines said Friday.

"The Ethiopian delegation led by the chief investigator of (the) Accident Investigation Bureau has arrived in the French Safety Investigation (BEA) facilities and the investigation process has started in Paris," the airline wrote on Twitter.

The two black boxes from the plane that came down just six minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa on Sunday, were taken to Paris on Thursday.

BEA investigators will try to retrieve information from the cockpit voice and flight data recorders, which were damaged in the crash.

Similarities between Sunday's disaster and that of a Lion Air flight in Indonesia in October that killed 189 people have raised fears about the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 model.

The plane has since been grounded worldwide.

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