US Sends 3 Officials To France To Help Decrypt Black Boxes From Boeing Crash - NTSB
The United States has sent three investigators to France to help download and analyze the black boxes recovered from the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft that crashed in Ethiopia, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a press release on Thursday
"The US National Transportation Safety Board is dispatching three investigators to France Thursday to assist with the downloading and analysis of flight recorders from the Boeing 737 MAX 8 that crashed Sunday near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia," the release said.
The French Bureau d'Enquetes et d'Analyses will be downloading the flight data recorder and cockpit recorder in support of the Ethiopian investigation, the release noted.
On Wednesday, the Ethiopian authorities asked the Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA), the French aviation safety watchdog, for assistance in analyzing the black boxes of the jet.
Earlier that day, the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU) said it would not be involved in the analysis of the plane's flight data recorder due to the lack of software for it.
The Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 MAX 8 of the Ethiopian Airlines crashed early on Sunday. All 157 people from over 30 countries who were on board were killed. The causes of the accident are yet unknown. According to the airline, the plane was well-maintained.
Another Boeing 737 MAX crashed in Indonesia back in October, killing all 189 people on board. The deadly crashes have prompted dozens of countries around the world, including the United States, to either ground the plane series or close their airspace to the aircraft.