First readings of Ethiopian plane's black boxes may take days: BEA

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul South Korea Thursday
First readings of Ethiopian plane's black boxes may take days: BEA
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15 March, 2019

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) cited new satellite data and evidence from the scene of yesterday's crash near Addis Ababa for its decision to join Europe, China and other nations in suspending 737 MAX flights.

Quoted in local media reports, Nimalsiri said that Sri Lanka was monitoring the situation closely but no such aircraft was overflying or landing in Sri Lanka at the moment.

There is a back and forth regarding investigations to unravel the exact cause of the March 10 Ethiopian Airline crash in the town of Bishoftu in the Oromia region.

Airline passengers FOX 5 spoke with are applauding the decision to ground all MAX 8 and 9 planes in the United States.

"The safety notice issued by Transport Canada earlier today permitted the movement of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft within Canadian airspace for repositioning", the email reads.

The FAA grounded the Max Wednesday, saying "new information" indicated some similarities with a Lion Air crash in the Java Sea that killed 189 people in October. "They are working very, very hard right now, and hopefully they'll very quickly come up with the answer". Southwest had 5 MAX-related cancellations on Wednesday and American almost 40. It says aircraft are being swapped and flight changes made where possible to mitigate the impact on passengers. United Airlines had about 40 flights with the planes.

Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul South Korea Thursday
First readings of Ethiopian plane's black boxes may take days: BEA

US Representative Rick Larsen said the software upgrade would take a few weeks to complete, and installing it on every plane would take "at least through April".

Plane tracking app Flightradar24 has been following the status of all the 737 MAX 8 aircraft, and overnight there was just one flight left in the skies.

"We are not going to analyze (the boxes)", he added.

Garneau previously said he had full confidence in the safety of the model and would not hesitate to board one. "We are confident of minimizing the inconvenience to our passengers and attain normalcy in our operations".

While SpiceJet has grounded its fleet of 12 Boeing 737-MAX 8 planes, Jet Airways has five of these aircraft which are already grounded as it negotiates a financial crunch.

Mexican and Panamanian civil aviation authorities grounded flights by the MAX 8 and MAX 9, while Colombia said it would not allow MAX 8 planes to fly into its airspace.

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