Ethiopian Airlines is not sending ET302 black box to the United States. It is confirmed that it will rather be sent to Europe, possibly United Kingdom.
Photo : screenshot from Global News video
Two days after the black box of crashed Ethiopian Airlines plane is recovered, the airline announced on Wednesday that relevant government authority has decided to send it to Europe to determine the cause for the tragic accident on March 10, 2019.
Ethiopian State Broadcaster, EBC, cited Asrat Begashaw, who is the airline’s manager of corporate communication, to report that the voice recorder will be analyzed by experts in Europe.
The report did not specify as to where the black box will be sent to which European country. Apparently, there was controversy about selecting a country where the data will be analyzed by experts.
Wazema Radio cited The Wall Street Journal to report that there has been intense disagreement between Ethiopian Aviation experts and American investigators; they came to Ethiopia following the accident on Sunday, for the latter insisted that the black box should be sent to the United States. However, Ethiopians reportedly insisted that it be sent to the United Kingdom.
Despite numerous international media outlet reported that dozens of countries have decided to ground Boeing 737 Max 8 plane on grounds of safety concerns, there are still some influential outlets that seem to come to the rescue of United States’ giant aircraft manufacturer, already lost over 26 billion in value, at the expense of Ethiopian Airlines’ solid safety record from 73 years of flying.
Financial Times’ publication on March 12, 2019, under the headline “Ethiopian Airlines known as Africa’s best carrier before crash” turned out to be outrageous not just to Ethiopians but also to the rest of Africans and Ethiopian Airlines loyal clients from the rest of the world.
After two days of hesitation, Donald Trump’s administration issued an emergency order that all 737 Max 8 planes be grounded, following suites from dozens of countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia, among others.
United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a statement on Wednesday saying “The FAA is ordering the temporary grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft …operated by U.S. airlines or in U.S. territory” only a day after it insisted “Thus far, our review shows no systemic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft. Nor have other civil aviation authorities provided data to us that would warrant action.”
Facts about crashed Ethiopian Airlines plane ET302 which claimed the lives of all 157 people on board of the plane :
- .The captain, Yared Getachew, is an experienced pilot with more than 8,000 international flight hours. He was trained in Ethiopian Airline’s world-class pilot training academy in the capital Addis Ababa
- .Records of communication between flight controllers and the pilot confirmed that the later reported difficulties with flight control minutes after takeoff and he was given clearance to return to Bole International Airport
- .The pilot received training on Boeing 737 Max 8 after Indonesian Lion Air plane crash minutes after takeoff, as is the case with ET302, in October 2018
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