Ethiopian Airlines crash: Six charts on what we know so far

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 15, 2019

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

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. In total, there were at least 11 reports about the Boeing 737 MAX 8 logged on the Aviation Safety Reporting System between April 2018 and December 2018.

Ethiopian investigators have now sent the black boxes to Paris to be analyzed - almost three days after they were recovered from the crash site.

Some people have pointed to similarities between the incidents, with some experts citing satellite data and evidence from the crash scene as showing links between Sunday's disaster and October's crash in Indonesia of the Lion Air jet that killed 189 people.

Ethiopian Airlines, Africa's largest carrier, sent the boxes to France because it does not have the equipment to analyse the data.

Canada has grounded Boeing's 737 MAX jets over safety concerns and that has caused a number of flight cancellations at the Calgary International Airport.

The first Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane landed in Windsor late Wednesday afternoon, with no passengers on board, after the federal government banned the plane from Canadian airspace.

None of the nation's carriers have the Max 8 or Max 9 in their fleets, the agency said.

The crash site of the Ethiopian Airlines
RetuersThe crash site of the Ethiopian Airlines plane

Norwegian Air has said it will seek compensation from Boeing for costs and lost revenue after grounding its 737 Max fleet.

Boeing has confirmed that, for the past few months, it has been developing a "flight control software enhancement" for the aircraft, but says it is confident they are safe to fly.

By the end of January, Boeing had delivered 350 of the Max 8 models.

Boeing was criticised after the Lion Air crash for allegedly failing to adequately inform 737 pilots about the functioning of the stall prevention system.

Investigators are focusing on whether the plane's automatic anti-stall system malfunctioned, forcing the plane's nose down when there was no danger of a stall.

The accounts of the recent crashes were echoed in concerns registered by United States pilots on how the MAX 8 behaves.

President Trump grounded all of Boeing's 737 Max aircraft in the U.S. Wednesday, after the crash involving one of the planes Sunday in Ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board.

Flight ET 302, heading to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, crashed about 50km outside the Ethiopian capital six minutes after taking off.

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