Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Air accident experts examining Boeing 737 Max 8 'black boxes'

Air accident experts examining Boeing 737 Max 8 'black boxes'

737 Max that crashed last Sunday in Ethiopia indicates the plane was configured to dive, a piece of evidence that helped convince USA regulators to ground the model, a person familiar with the investigation said late Thursday night. The analysis of the data should begin, therefore, on Friday. The agency in charge of the review said it was unclear whether the data could be retrieved. An Israeli official said the team in Ethiopia is frustrated.

Under worldwide rules, Ethiopia is leading the investigation, but the BEA will canalyse the black boxes as an adviser.

Cedar Rapids-based Collins Aerospace provides several of the aviation systems now under scrutiny in the Boeing 737 Max planes.

After the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane wants to deliver the U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing for the time being, no machines of the type 737 Max. In the other crash, Lion Air Flight 610 crashed minutes after takeoff, killing 189 people on board.

Countries across the world have grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 jets.

Two sources familiar with the matter said crash site investigators found a piece of a stabiliser used to set the airplane's trim that was in an unusual position similar to that of the Lion Air plane at the time of its crash.

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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. Engineers are making changes to the system created to prevent an aerodynamic stall if sensors detect that the jet's nose is pointed too high and its speed is too slow.

Tewolde GebreMariam, head of Ethiopian Airlines, told the CNN: "According to the air traffic controller's recorded voice exchange, the pilot recorded flight control problems, so he was having difficulties with the flight control of the aeroplane". Both crews asked permission to return to the airports from where they had departed.

The Boeing 737 Max is only in may 2017. Because its engines were larger and heavier, they were placed higher and farther forward on the wings.

The FAA's directive on Monday said that Boeing is updating the maneuvering system software, meaning that the system still poses potential flight risks.

Indonesia's Lion Air, after the deadly crash of October 2018, has dropped a business order for 737 MAX worth $22 billion.

Ethiopian Airlines was not immediately available for comment. Blue plastic sheeting covered the wreckage of the plane.

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