1) U.S. WILL NOT SUSPEND BOEING 737 MAX PLANES
The U.S. aviation regulator said on Tuesday it would not ground Boeing Company 737 Max planes after the Ethiopian plane crash that killed 157 people, bucking the trend of countries around the world that have suspended the aircraft’s operations.
Boeing, the world’s biggest planemaker, said it understood the suspensions but retained “full confidence” in the 737 MAX and had safety as its priority.
Britain, Germany and France joined a wave of suspensions of the aircraft following the crash, piling pressure on the United States to follow suit.
The cause of Sunday’s crash remains unknown, as it follows another disaster with a 737 MAX five months ago in Indonesia that killed 189 people.
Plane experts say there is no evidence the two crashes are linked, as it is too early to speculate on the reason for the latest crash.
2) ETHIOPIA TO SEND PLANE’S BLACK BOX OVERSEAS
Meanwhile, an Ethiopian Airlines spokesman said the black box from the plane’s wreckage will be sent overseas for analysis, but no country has been chosen.
Asrat Begashaw in an interview said the airline has a range of options for the data and voice records of the flight’s final moments, saying that Ethiopia does not have the capability to probe it themselves.
An airline official said one recorder was partially damaged.
Much of world has grounded the Boeing jetliner, despite some aviation experts warning against drawing conclusions until more information on the crash emerges.