More than 24 hours after the ill-fated plane crash., the black box from the flight has been found, Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed.
The black box — or digital flight data recorder — will provide the first clues as to what caused the Ethiopian Airlines plane to crash just six minutes after takeoff.
The flight’s cockpit voice recorder has also been recovered, the airline said.
Learn more about why the black box is so important to air crash investigations here.
Accident Bulletin no. 6
Issued on March 11, 2019 at 01:40 PM Local Time
The Digital Flight Data Recorder(DFDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder(CVR) of ET302 have been Recovered.
— Ethiopian Airlines (@flyethiopian) March 11, 2019
Boeing “should ground all its MAX 8 jets”
We won’t get our first real idea as to what caused Sunday’s crash until the plane’s black box is analyzed.
But airlines shouldn’t wait until then to ground their fleets of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, according to Mary Schiavo, a CNN aviation analyst and the former Inspector General of the U.S. Transportation Department.
“Absolutely, everybody should” ground the jets, Schiavo told CNN Monday. “I think Boeing should take the lead — Boeing should do it,” she added.
The MAX 8 jet, unveiled just two years ago, has been involved in two crashes in less than six months, following October’s Lion Air disaster which killed all 189 people on board.
The 737 MAX series is Boeing’s fastest-selling jet; Southwest, United and American Airlines have all ordered 100 or more of the series, according to Boeing’s most recent figures, with each airline already operating several MAX 8s.