BREAKTHROUGH

Flight recorders from crashed Ethiopian Airlines plane recovered

In Summary

• The airline said the investigators have retrieved the Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) of ET302.

• Ethiopian Airlines on Monday announced it had ground all its B-737-8 MAX fleet effective March 10, 2019, until further notice.

Flowers are seen at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 11, 2019.
Flowers are seen at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 11, 2019.
Image: REUTERS

The flight recorders from the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday have been recovered, the airline has said.

In a statement on Monday afternoon, the airline said the investigators have retrieved the Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) of ET302.

157 people were killed in the crash, including 32 Kenyans and 17 Ethiopians.

Delegates at the assembly of the UN Environment Programme on Monday at Gigiri, Nairobi observed a minute of silence, in memory of the victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash.

Delegates at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) world environmental forum observe a minute's silence in memory of the victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, at the United Nations complex within Gigiri in Nairobi, Kenya March 11, 2019.
Delegates at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) world environmental forum observe a minute's silence in memory of the victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, at the United Nations complex within Gigiri in Nairobi, Kenya March 11, 2019.
Image: REUTERS

China’s aviation regulator has already grounded nearly 100 Boeing Co 737 MAX 8 aircraft operated by its airlines, more than a quarter of the global fleet of the jets, after a deadly crash of one of the planes in Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Airlines on Monday also announced it had decided to ground all its B-737-8 MAX fleet effective March 10, 2019, until further notice.

"Although we don’t yet know the cause of the accident, we had to decide to ground the particular fleet as an extra safety precaution," the airline said.

A committee comprising of Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, and Ethiopian Transport Authority has been set up to carry out the investigations.