Investigators have recovered both black box recorders from the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 that crashed just outside Addis Ababa, killing all 149 passengers and eight crew, the carrier said Monday.
“The Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) of ET302 have been Recovered,” the state-owned airline announced on Twitter.
Already, airlines in Ethiopia, China and Indonesia have grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets, the aircraft model that crashed outside Addis Ababa on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board.
The Nairobi-bound plane — the same type as the Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed in October, killing 189 passengers and crew — smashed into a field just six minutes after takeoff as the pilot alerted controllers of “difficulties”.
Hopes were raised Monday of finding answers for the deaths of people from 35 countries, including two dozen UN staff, that prompted Ethiopia to declare a day of mourning.
“After tedious search by the rescue and investigation team… Ethiopian Airlines announces that the Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) of ET302 have been recovered,” the state-owned carrier said in a statement, using the flight number.
The airline, Africa’s largest, added it had grounded its fleet of six remaining Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes pending information “assumed to be found from the black box data.”