Ethiopia Will Not Send Flight’s Black Box To U.S., Says U.S. Cannot Be Trusted

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Bloomberg is reporting that Ethiopia will be sending the crashed flight’s black box to Europe, instead of to the U.S.

Ethiopia has decided to seek help from European air-safety experts to examine black boxes from a crashed Boeing Co. plane in a move that signals distrust in U.S. authorities.The exact organization that will receive the data and voice recorders has yet to be determined, though Ethiopian Airlines, which operated the Boeing 737 Max, said Wednesday that a European body will be approached.

Flight authorities around the globe have grounded the Max jet in the wake of the African tragedy and its similarities with an October crash in Indonesia. That’s left the United States virtually alone in its decision to continue flying the 737 Max, which the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has insisted that the plane is safe to fly. The choice to not seek help from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is a strategic decision for the Ethiopian government and the government-owned aircraft carrier, the Ethiopian Airlines public relations director Asrat Begashaw said.

Neither the U.K.'s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) nor the French BEA say they have received a request for help, though a spokesman for the AAIB said that they would consider assisting if asked. Whoever analyzes the boxes, Ethiopian Airlines and other relevant parties would attend to ensure that proper procedures are followed.

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paulmsmith
paulmsmith

The reality of what is happening in the US at it's pinnacle to government, I have lost my faith in the ability of the United States be trusted. Distrust has filtered down from the very top and has contaminated the faith and trust that once were solid and unequivocal. So when Ethiopia says that it can not trust the US to examine the black box of the downed 737 Max8,...I can acquiesce.

Baruch
Baruch

Smart...I don't trust the US government either...currently led by a psychopathic white supremacist lying corrupt con man.

Lerxst
Lerxst

Sadly, my fellow Americans won't even begin to understand the significance of this. Having followed aviation history and air disasters for years, I am aware of what it means when a country no longer feels we can be relied on for something we have historically been doing across the world, for decades.

What makes this even worse though, and what many of my countrymen don't grasp, is that this isn't even a recent development under Trump. There's enough blame to spread across the entire country, every government administration and each political party, not just one individual.

If we don't have a revolution that brings us in line with the rest of the developed countries of the world, we're on the fast track to becoming a 3rd world country...

yesterdayisgone
yesterdayisgone

I agree

Andrea4578
Andrea4578

This is a flat-out lie. Boeing has always sent it black boxes to France in the event of a crash. It was the case with the US Air Hudson River crash some years back, yet no one made note of that. I know this for a fact because my brother flew for US Air for 30 years, including on the 737, and he said that's standard procedure. The MSM really should do their homework.