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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Godshizz t.v.
Godshizz t.v.

They need hire more Asian and black engineers in the US most engineering companies move to China due to the fact of many failures in the US you seen those Engineers how they look overweight get off of work to drink alcohol everyday. Looking like a functional addict hungover coming to work. Even in technology Europe gets it first America is always last there's a black engineer way better than white guy but yet you hired the white guy so no America is not to be trusted I blame the races unions

seashell
seashell

@Andrea4578

  1. Boeing is not the manufacturer of the CVRs or FDRs that are installed in commercial airlines. Nor is Boeing responsible for how they are handled after a crash either domestically or internationally.

  2. In the US, the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) in Washington DC is in charge of the flight recorders. Always.

  3. The US Air plane that went in the Hudson wasn't a Boeing. It was an Airbus A-320. The NTSB took charge of both flight recorders.

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.

yesterdayisgone
yesterdayisgone

I agree

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...