Ethiopian Airlines MAX8 crash investigators from Addis Ababa arrived in Paris with the black boxes.
The flight Data Recorder and Voice Data Recorder will be analysed by Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses (BEA) in France. Both recorders have been severely damaged.
Ethiopia refused to hand over the black boxes to United States, and says the decision was strategic because FAA was so sluggish in grounding the MAX aircraft, despite many nations were banning the aircraft.
Ethiopia has broken the tradition of assigning NTSB in United States for investigation, were Boeing is based. “It was unusual for black boxes to be sent to a country that was not directly involved in the crash, either as the location of the crash, the place where the aircraft was registered, or the base of its manufacturer” the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch said to Bloomberg.
Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737MAX8, Reg.ET-AVJ, Flight #ET302, crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa on Sunday 3 March, killing all 157 people on board.