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French Aviation Watchdog Sends Boeing 737 MAX Crash Data to Ethiopian Officials

17 March 2019

American Airlines cancelled about 85 flights Friday because of the groundings - some scheduled for its 24 Max 8s and others on planes being used to fill in for the now-parked Max 8s.

Boeing declined to comment and Charles Bickers, an airline spokesman, referred the AP to the company's previous statement, which said only that the upgrade would be completed "in the coming weeks".

All 157 people aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 died early Sunday shortly after the plane took off.

"More than 24 hours is a problem for us".

Airlines bought the 737 MAX for its longer range and fuel efficiency, and some carriers› business plans are facing disruption because of the grounding, which United States lawmakers have said could last for weeks at a minimum. The cause of the crash is still unknown.

Nations around the world, including an initially reluctant United States, have suspended 737 MAX models in operation.

However, he added, because the company is readying an update to its flight-control software, "we don't see meaningful long term risk". The country purchased the new generation aircraft in March 2018 directly from the plant headquartered in Seattle. Because the Max is so new, it accounts for a small percentage of the global fleet of about 24,000 airliners.

The Canadian carrier would face the costs of re-booking passengers after the planes were grounded, and other costs from not having scheduled access to the more efficient MAX, said AltaCorp analyst Chris Murray. SCAT was the first airline in Central Asia to operate MAX generation aircraft.

US authorities say information from the wreckage in Ethiopia and data on its flight path show some similarities.

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She recalled the EU's leading role in setting up the global contact group, where she said Germany plays an "active" role. The station's president said in a statement it can't reach Weddle and is concerned.

Boeing is expected to finalise a software fix for that system within a week to 10 days, sources familiar with the matter said earlier on Saturday. The first happened in Indonesia when a Lion Air jet crashed near the capital Jakarta on October 29, killing all 189 on board.

A new aerial view shows the crater left behind at the crash site of Ethiopian Air flight 302. The disaster led to the worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, the plane that crashed.

The FAA expects to approve these design changes no later than April 2019, it has said.

Shares of Boeing [NYSE:BA] have been having a wild week.

France's air accident investigation said in a tweet on Saturday it had not listened to the audio files and that the data had been transferred to Ethiopian investigators.

It was the second time in about five months that Boeing's best-selling aircraft had a fatal crash, drawing security concerns and intensive scrutiny of the plane.

Norwegian Air CEO Bjorn Kjos has said his airline will seek compensation from Boeing.

The only Boeing 737 MAX from Kazakhstan is registered with SСAT Airlines.

French Aviation Watchdog Sends Boeing 737 MAX Crash Data to Ethiopian Officials