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Preliminary Data shows Ethiopian Airlines & Lion Air Crashes had “similarities” – Transport Minister



Ethiopian Airlines Flight 310 Digital Flight Recorder

Ethiopia’s Minister of Transport Dagmawit Moges on Sunday said that the Ethiopian Airlines crash had “similarities” to October 2018 Lion Air crash, according to preliminary data recovered from the black boxes of last week’s fatal crash.

CNN reports that while Moges did not provide additional details about the purported “similarities” between the two crashes, he said they will be “subject to further investigation.”

The Boeing 737 Max 8 was the aircraft in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 which crashed March 10, six minutes after takeoff and the Lion Air Flight 610 which went down over the Java Sea in Indonesia 13 minutes after takeoff.

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 310 CVR

That similarity led aviation authorities around the world to ban the use of the aircraft as investigations continued.

Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg in a statement after Moges’ comment, said that the company “continues to support the investigation, and is working with the authorities to evaluate new information as it becomes available.”

Boeing is “finalizing its development of a previously announced software update that will address the MCAS flight control law’s behavior in response to erroneous sensor inputs,” he continued.

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