Ethiopia black boxes bound for Europe, crash pilot had in-plane issues

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Gara-Bokka: The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 that crashed minutes after take off from the Addis Ababa airport on Sunday, killing all on-board, emitted smoke and was making odd rattling noise before the tragedy, witnesses were quoted as saying in a report.

A man carries a piece of debris on his head at the crash site of a Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines flight near Bishoftu, a town some 60 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 10 March 2019.

The three USA airlines using the 737 MAX - Southwest Airlines Co, American Airlines Group Inc and United Airlines - stood by the aircraft, although many potential passengers took to social media to express concerns, asking if they could change flights or cancel.

Mavropoulos is president of the non-profit organization International Solid Waste Association and was reportedly bound to Nairobi, Kenya, to attend an annual United Nations environmental assembly.

The airline is planning to send the 737 Max 8 plane's flight data recorder to Europe rather than the U.S. for analysis, he said.

United States officials say the aircraft are still safe to fly.

In addition to Ethiopian Airlines, China's Aviation Authority, as well as Indonesia and Cayman Airlines, have grounded their 737 Max-8 jets.

It also says Egypt doesn't have these aircraft and that they are not part of its future plans.

The pilots' union for Southwest Airlines, which has the largest 737 MAX fleet in the world with 34 aircraft, said on Wednesday that it remained confident in the model even after Canada's decision to ground the jet. It was of the same type as a plane that crashed in October after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.

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Passengers who wish to check if their airlines use MAX 8 planes can check a full list on Boeing's website.

The FAA said Monday that it will require Boeing to improve how its flight control systems work, along with other design changes.

The UK and Malaysia on Tuesday banned Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes from their airspace.

"He told me gently not to protest and say thank you to God because I am the only passenger who did not enter the flight ET 302 which is missing", Mavropoulos said.

That has left the US Federal Aviation Administration isolated in arguing that the Max should continue flying, challenging its standing as the industry's leading regulator.

"The pilot reported flight control problems and requested to turn back".

He said he was later told by the Police that he was the only passenger booked on the flight that did not board. The company has announced that it has sent a technical team to the crash site to help with the investigation.

Families of those killed in Sunday's tragic plane crash in Ethiopia will wait a little longer before receiving the remains of their loved ones. Each flight crashed minutes into its journey, during a phase of flight where fatal accidents are not at their most common.