Ethiopia crash pilot had in-plane issues, victims mourned

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The data from the two flight recorders, commonly known as the "black boxes", are eagerly awaited as worry grows that the cause of Sunday's crash could be related to an automated system aboard the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft that went down in Ethiopia minutes after taking off en route to Nairobi.

The focus on Boeing has also been intense.

"They were just going up and down until one of the passengers saw on his mobile that the first plane which had just flown, like six minutes after it flew, it just crashed".

Quindos however said the family would not be sending a representative to Addis Ababa on Tuesday, adding they had made a decision to return to Nakuru where family meetings are being held.

The 737 Max 8 was first placed into commercial service in May 2017 by a Malaysian airline, Malindo Air, the twin-engine plane rising in popularity due to its fuel saving and long-range capability.

The plane involved in the devastating crash was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, the same make and model of a plane that went down in Indonesia in October 2018. "Nor have other civil aviation authorities provided data to us that would warrant action".

In a statement released Monday, the World Food Programme, which accounted for the largest number of deaths, said it is in mourning for seven WFP staff members who lost their lives.

U.S. President Donald Trump, an aviation enthusiast whose ties with Boeing run deep, received safety assurances personally from its chief executive Dennis Muilenburg.

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"In two cases, pilots flying in the USA late past year had their planes pitch down unexpectedly after departures". Canadian and American carriers remain the last major airlines using the plane.

Suspension by respected European regulators was the worst setback yet for USA planemaker Boeing in the wake of Sunday's crash and put pressure on the United States to follow suit.

Canada has no plans to ground 737 MAX aircraft but is ready to act to suspend flights if new information emerges indicating there is a problem, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said.

Those displays could be crucial in avoiding a sudden downward pitch - a phenomenon Boeing and the FAA acknowledged as a risk, in the airworthiness bulletin that was issued shortly after the crash of Lion Air Flight 610.

The Lion Air flight flew for 13 minutes before crashing, while the Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed at six minutes into the journey.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam told CNN Tuesday that they will be sent to another country for scrutiny.

"He asked to return back to base and he was given clearance...that was at 8:44 am, the same time the aeroplane disappeared from the radar", he said.