The Ethiopian Ministry of Transport said that data obtained for the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed a week ago indicated a “clear resemblance” to the plane that crashed off Indonesia in October.
Both the Boeing 737 and the Max 8.
The Ethiopian airliner crashed on Sunday after taking off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 passengers.
Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmavit Mogus told reporters he would issue a preliminary report on the crash within 30 days.
“Clear similarities have been observed between Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 and Indonesian Airlines flight Lyon 610, which will be further studied and examined during the investigation,” she said.
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In both cases, the flight tracking data showed that the plane’s altitude had fluctuated sharply, as the two planes seemed to have encountered an irregularity in the ups and downs.
On Sunday, funeral ceremonies were held in Ethiopia and Kenya for the 157 victims who died in the crash.
Relatives of the victims cried on the red coffins representing the 12 Ethiopian victims at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa.
Some of the coffins contained dust from the burning site of the wreckage because the bodies of the victims could not be recovered.
Ethiopian Airlines has been offered relatives of the victims of the Boeing 737 Max 157, which crashed last Sunday, dirt-filled bags from the site of burning the wreckage to bury them instead of the remains of the victims.
Families of the victims reported that the process of collecting and identifying their remains could take six months.
What do we know about the crash of the Ethiopian mission?
The Boeing 737 Max 8
Flight 302 took off from Addis Ababa Poli International Airport on the morning of 10 March, heading for Nairobi, Kenya.
Minutes later, the pilot reported difficulties and asked for a return.
The vision was said to be good, but the air traffic controller said that “the vertical speed of the aircraft was unstable after take-off.”
A witness at the scene told the BBC that a major fire broke out when the plane hit the ground.
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The Boeing 737 Max 8
French air safety investigators checked the flight data recorder and cockpit sound recorder, or black boxes as they are often called, and handed over their findings to their Ethiopian counterparts.
What happened in Indonesia?
On 29 October, the Leon Air 610 crashed after taking off from Jakarta airport, killing 189 people.
Investigators said after the accident that the pilots of the Leon Air plane seemed to be suffering from an automated system designed to prevent the plane from stopping – a new feature of the Boeing 737 Max.
Preliminary results of the investigation indicated that the system was causing the aircraft’s advance to decrease, despite pilots’ efforts to correct this. The aircraft was a new Leon Air and the accident took place immediately after takeoff.
The all-new Boeing 737, which has been in use for 50 years, is the world’s best-selling passenger jet and is seen as the most dependable aircraft.
The new Max 8, with larger and less fuel-efficient engines, entered the service in 2017. Boeing delivered more than 350 of the new model to airlines by the end of January 2019.
“The engine is slightly forward and slightly higher than the previous version of the plane, which affects the plane’s balance,” said Jerry Swigatman, a Jakarta-based aviation analyst, for the BBC.
After the incidents, many airlines and airliners in the world stopped their Boeing 737 Max