French begin analysis of Ethiopian Airlines black boxes as new evidence appears

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — French aviation experts began work Friday on the heavily damaged data and voice recorders from Ethiopian Airlines flight 302, the airline said, while fresh revelations have suggested new links with an earlier crash in Indonesia involving the same type of aircraft.

Officials with France’s Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses said Friday that work to retrieve information from the flight data recorder of the Boeing 737 Max 8 has begun in coordination with the Ethiopian investigation team.

The two so-called black boxes arrived Thursday in France. Germany had earlier turned down the opportunity to examine the recorders.

Also assisting in the probe are officials from the US National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Aviation Administration, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, and Boeing.


In a preliminary investigation, the crash of a Lion Air Max 8 plane into the Java Sea last October has been attributed to a faulty sensor. The possibility that the same scenario occurred in Ethiopia has prompted precautionary groundings of the plane worldwide.

Washington Post