Ethiopian crash: France accepts black box analysis, U.S. grounds Boeing

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Taiwan has joined other nations around the world in suspending all commercial operations of Boeing 737 Max aircraft in the nation's territory, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) announced yesterday. Two Israelis were killed in the crash, and members of an emergency response team from the country said they are frustrated because they have not been able to access the crash site.

Three U.S. airlines - United, American and Southwest - operate a total of 72 Max aircraft, a relatively small portion of their fleets, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Following last October's Lion Air crash in Indonesia, investigators said the pilots had appeared to struggle with an automated system created to keep the plane from stalling, a new feature of the jet.

Technical analysis is scheduled to begin on Friday (local time) and the first conclusions could take several days, the BEA said, tweeting a photo of the partly crumpled, orange-cased box.

Jennifer Sweetland, a spokesperson for the airport, said no carriers use Boeing 737 Max 8 or Max 9 planes on flights serving Syracuse.

371 Boeing airliners are sitting idle on the tarmac tonight, after the aviation giant grounded its 737 MAX model.

Meanwhile, the Boeing Company said in a statement that it continued "to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX" but supported the suspension of flights.

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The airport is storing 10 of the aircraft and says it has the flexibility to store more.

Another analyst, Ken Herbert of Canaccord Genuity, said Boeing could end up spending about $500 million to fix and install new software.

Flight ET 302, heading to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, crashed about 50km outside the Ethiopian capital six minutes after taking off.

The Max 8 that crashed on Sunday was one of 30 ordered as part of Ethiopian Airlines' expansion.

Officials at Lion Air have said sensors on their plane produced erroneous information on its last four flights, triggering an automatic nose-down command that the pilots were unable to overcome on its final voyage.

Andrew Hunter, a defence industry expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said that while Boeing and the FAA had good track records on addressing safety concerns, sometimes the combination of automated systems and humans did not work smoothly.

Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 planes will remain grounded for "weeks" at a minimum until a software upgrade could be tested and installed in all of the planes, US lawmakers said on Thursday.

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