Relatives of victims grieve on Thursday at the site where an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday near Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The hunt for the cause of an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that killed all 157 people on board gathered pace on Saturday when investigators successfully downloaded the cockpit voice recorder and fresh details emerged of the final seconds of the flight.
Ethiopian Airlines, Africa's largest carrier, sent the black boxes to France because it does not have the equipment to analyze the data.More news: Meet Abdul Aziz, the Christchurch hero who chased the attacker away
ReutersAn Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft is seen on the ground at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto on March 13, 2019. The causes of the accident are yet to be investigated.
Transport Canada issued a safety notice on Wednesday restricting commercial use of the aircraft, citing new information from satellite tracking data that suggested "a possible, although unproven" similarity to the deadly Lion Air crash involving the same aircraft in October.
The FAA has said that the Boeing 737 will not fly until a software update can be tested and installed.More news: Anne Arundel County man charged in pelican tackling case
The Lion Air crash also came just minutes after takeoff, killing 189 people, and USA authorities say there is evidence of similarities between the accidents.
Air Canada said Friday that, "in light of the current uncertainty", it is suspending the forecast it provided last month for its 2019 financial year.
In two anonymous reports on flights just after the Lion Air disaster, USA pilots disconnected the autopilot and corrected the plane's trajectory in response. "We view the interruptions from the 737 Max grounding as a temporary one", he said in a note to clients. The airline said its fleet of Max 8s carries between 10,000 and 12,000 passengers per day. Ethiopian Airlines says its pilots received special training on the software.More news: Jaguar Land Rover cars recalled over high Carbon dioxide emissions
According to the flight data recorder, the pilots of Lion Air Flight 610 struggled to control the aircraft as the MCAS repeatedly pushed the nose down after takeoff. Both planes crashed within minutes of take off after pilots reported problems.