In Paris, investigators started studying the cockpit voice recorder of the crashed Ethiopian Airlines jet Saturday, grieving family members were given sacks of dirt to bury in place of the remains of their loved ones. People of 35 nationalities were killed in the crash.
For bereaved families, answers can't come soon enough.
Both accidents involved new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircrafts. Meanwhile, the investigation into a cause is well underway.
Boeing Rises on AFP Report on Upgrade Timing: 737 Max Update separately, the New York Times reported that doomed Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 to Nairobi was in trouble nearly immediately after takeoff as it lurched up and down by hundreds of feet at a time. The pilot then started to make a right turn to the airport.
The civil aviation safety agency noted that the work on the flight data recorder would resume the following day.
Ethiopian Airlines, Africa's largest carrier, sent the black boxes to France because it does not have the equipment to analyze the data.
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Despite Boeing and US airlines insisting the planes were safe to fly, the FAA grounded the planes Wednesday.
Boeing will fine-tune its MCAS system - implicated in the crash of a Lion Air 737 MAX 8 in Indonesia in October - within 10 days, said two sources, who cautioned that the cause of the latest crash has yet to be determined.
Boeing said it supports the grounding of its planes as a precautionary step, while reiterating "full confidence" in their safety.
Air Canada would face the costs of re-booking passengers after the planes were grounded, and other costs from not having scheduled access to the more efficient MAXes, said AltaCorp analyst Chris Murray.
No more than two minutes later, the air traffic controller was in communication with other aircraft when the voice from Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 interrupted, saying "break, break" - signalling that other nonurgent communications should cease. Shortly after their takeoffs, both crews tried to return to the airports but crashed. 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. It pointed to possible similarities to the Lion Air crash.
The Ethiopian Airlines pilots reported similar difficulties before their aircraft plunged to the ground.