Black boxes from crashed Boeing to be studied in France

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The 'black box' flight recorders recovered from the site of the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8, in which all 157 passengers and crew were killed, are to be sent to Paris on Thursday for analysis by the French air accident investigation bureau, the BEA, as the US joined a gowing number of countries which have introduced a flight ban on the aircraft.

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France’s air accident investigation agency BEA will analyse black-box flight recorders from a Boeing 737 Max 8 which crashed near Addis Ababa on Sunday, reports Reuters.

Ethiopian Airlines said earlier it would send the two cockpit voice and data recorders abroad for analysis.

The French announcement resolved uncertainty over the fate of the two recorders after Germany’s BFU said it had declined a request to handle them because it could not process the new type of recorder used on the 737 Max jets, in service since 2017.

Read more of this report from Reuters.

See more on the issues surrounding the safety of Boeing's 737 Max models in this detailed BBC News report.

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