Process to identify remains from Ethiopian Airlines crash underway

Process to identify remains from Ethiopian Airlines crash underway

The company revealed that it began working on the upgrade after another 737 Max jet operated by Lion Air crashed last October, killing all 189 passengers and crew members that were onboard.

The safety issue means major disruptions to operations at both Air Canada and WestJet Airlines Ltd., which were forced to ground 24 and 13 Boeing 737 Max 8s, respectively.

On Feb. 15, Air Canada forecast cost per available seat mile would rise 2.0-3.0 per cent in the first quarter of 2019, as well as the full year.

Identifying the cause of the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people and caused the worldwide grounding of a brand-new Boeing aircraft model will take "considerable time", an Ethiopian government minister said Saturday. Meanwhile, the investigation into a cause is well underway.

The plane's flight data and voice recorders have arrived in France for analysis.

The U.S. planemaker's suspension of deliveries came as Air Canada was renewing its narrowbody fleet, by using the more fuel-efficient MAX aircraft to replace existing Airbus A320 narrowbodies.

Investigators are getting a clearer picture of how Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 was in trouble nearly from the beginning of its brief final flight.

And Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger - noted for his safe landing of a damaged plane on the Hudson River in NY without loss of life - questioned the lack of experience of the Ethiopian first officer on the doomed flight, who reportedly had only 200 hours of flight time.

More news: France receives black boxes from crashed Boeing 737 MAX 8

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

The FAA has not released any further information on the investigation.

The New York Times reports that shortly before crashing, the 737 Max 8 plane erratically went up and down by hundreds of feet at an abnormally fast speed.

However, there have been incidents of pilots reporting that the system tipped the aircraft's nose downwards within minutes of take-off, forcing them to step in to stop the plane from dropping.

The Ethiopian Airlines pilots reported similar difficulties before their aircraft plunged to the ground.

"Break break, request back to home", he told air traffic controllers as they scrambled to divert two other flights approaching the airport.

"All airlines in the world should be well aware of the problem", Krause said.

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