The Ethiopia crash became the second in the past five months.
Possible links between the accidents have rocked the aviation industry, scared passengers worldwide, and left the world's biggest planemaker scrambling to prove the safety of a money-spinning model meant to be the standard for decades.
About 200 family members of people who died on the crashed jet have stormed out of a briefing with Ethiopian Airlines officials, complaining that the airline has not given them adequate information.
"I can't find you!"
Separately, the New York Times reported that doomed Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 to Nairobi was in trouble nearly immediately after takeoff as it lurched up and down by hundreds of feet at a time.
According to Ethiopian Airlines, the pilot told controllers that he had "flight control problems" shortly before the Boeing 737 MAX plane plunged to the ground six minutes into the flight, which was heading from Addis Ababa to Nairobi.More news: United Kingdom govt report highlights lack of competition in digital markets
Another almost 5,000 MAXs are on order, meaning the financial implications are huge for the industry.
France's aviation safety agency BEA received the cockpit voice and data recorders on Thursday for decoding, while investigators on the scene near Addis Ababa continue to sift through the plane's wreckage.
The information that black boxes contain helps explain 90 percent of all crashes, according to aviation experts. The evidence helped persuade United States regulators to ground the model, said the person, who requested anonymity to discuss the inquiry.
"At the end of the day, it is a decision that has the full support of the secretary, the president and the FAA as an agency", Elwell said.
Boeing shares have lost 12%, or $28 billion in market value, since Ethiopian flight 302 went down on March 10. However, the FAA said this week it had mandated that Boeing update its flight software and training on the aircraft.
U.S. plane-maker Boeing said it was sure the MAX aircraft is safe, however, several countries, including Russian Federation, the European Union and the United States, have slapped a temporary ban on the operation of Boeing 737 MAX airfcraft in their airspace.
The company also said it had recommended the suspension of the Max fleet after consultations with the government. "We expect Boeing to take this bill", Norwegian Air said in an emailed statement.More news: NKorean official: Kim rethinking US talks, launch moratorium
Lion Air has not yet decided whether to cancel the order for 737 MAX, Putut said.
The French Bureau d'Enquêtes & d'Analyses said in a tweet that it had been asked to do the investigation but that any communication on the investigation progress was the responsibility of the Ethiopian authorities. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will also have an influential role as representatives of the country where the Boeing plane was made. Authorities in France and Britain said they had not been approached yet.
"The president reiterated his sorrow over the loss of life and underscored America's commitment to work with the government of Ethiopia - a longstanding partner and friend of the United States - and worldwide civil aviation authorities to determine the cause of the crash", the White House said in a statement.
Pilots were waiting anxiously for the investigation.
The BEA has experience with global air crashes, and its expertise is often sought whenever an Airbus plane crashes because the manufacturer is based in France.
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