Ethiopian Airlines sends black boxes abroad for analysis

Ethiopian Airlines sends black boxes abroad for analysis
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A spokesman for Ethiopian Airlines on Wednesday said that the recorders from a plane that crashed over the weekend will be sent to Europe for analysis.

The Associated Press reported that spokesman Asrat Begashaw said one of the recorders aboard the crashed Boeing 737 Max 8 jet had been partially damaged. The airline has a "range of options" for the data and recordings of the flight's final moments, he added.

The recorders will be sent to an undisclosed European country, he told the AP, adding that Ethiopia does not have "the capability" to conduct its own review.

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Work to identify the remains of the victims of Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines crash has not yet started, he added.

The European Union, China, Australia, Indonesia and other countries have grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 planes after an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed over the weekend, killing 157 people.

It was the second incident in months involving the model. Another 737 Max 8 was involved in a crash last October in Indonesia. Both incidents are the subject of ongoing investigations.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement Tuesday evening that an ongoing review had turned up no issues thus far to warrant grounding the planes in the U.S., and that it will take appropriate action if it determines otherwise.

Boeing issued a statement on Tuesday expressing confidence in its fleet of 737 Max jets.