Ethiopia There are “clear similarities” between the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people last week and the Lion Air crash in October, which involved the same aircraft model, Ethiopia’s transport minister said Sunday.
Dagmawit Moges cited information from the flight data recorder of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, which crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa March 10.
The recorder was found “in a good condition that enabled us to extract almost all the data inside,” Moges said.
Moges said “detailed information” would be released within a month.
The accident was the second fatal crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 in five months. A Lion Air flight crashed into the Java Sea off Indonesia shortly after takeoff in October, killing 189 people.
No one survived either crash.
Several countries and airlines issued grounded the Boeing 737 MAX 8 model after the Ethiopian crash.
Ethiopia has enlisted the help of French experts in processing the contents of the flight data and voice recorders.
The relatively new Boeing plane crashed with such force that it could take up to six months to identify the remains of the victims, Moges said.
Officials have collected DNA samples from the victims’ relatives that will help an international team of experts identify the victims.
Thousands of people, including many family members, attended a funeral for the victims in Ethiopia Sunday.
Seventeen empty coffins were displayed in the Ethiopian capital’s Holy Trinity Cathedral. Each coffin draped in the East African country’s flag, symbolized one of the Ethiopian victims.