Ethiopian Airlines: 'Clear similarities' with Indonesia crash

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Early data from the black box of the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed killing all 157 people on board shows "clear similarities" with a Lion Air crash in October, the Ethiopian Transport Ministry said on Sunday.

Ethiopia's transport minister said on Saturday it may take "considerable time" for investigators to find the cause of the crash involving the new aeroplane.

In a statement Wednesday, the FAA said, "The FAA is ordering the temporary grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operated by US airlines or in USA territory".

Similarities between the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes, confirmed by black box data, have focused attention on an anti-stalling system used in the new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. Both crashes happened shortly after takeoff.

Both planes with 737 MAXs and used the MCAS safety system, which, in a bid to stop a flight from stalling above the clouds, pushes a plane's nose down if a safety sensor detects pushing the plane's nose up.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

Meanwhile, pressure has been mounting on the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration about the safety of the aircraft.

A relative blows a kiss towards empty caskets draped with the national flag at a mass funeral at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Sunday, March 17, 2019. Boeing has promised an overhaul of the plane's software to reduce the risk of yet another crash.

He said the MCAS modification is taking place "while investigators continue to work to establish definitive conclusions".

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.

The service came one day after officials began delivering bags of scorched earth from the crash site to family members of the victims because of the problems with identifying the remains.

Visibility was said to be good but air traffic monitor Flightradar24 said the plane's "vertical speed was unstable after take-off".

Officials say 157 people from 35 different countries were killed when the Nairobi-bound plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa. "He was the pillar for his whole family", Mr Bilew said.

The latest revelations put a spotlight on whether the Boeing 737 MAX underwent proper assessment prior to obtaining a green light to market, and the FAA's practice of delineating the responsibility of assessing a new model to the aircraft manufacturer.

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