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Black boxes from crashed Ethiopian Airlines flight arrive in Paris

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- The black boxes recovered from an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa have arrived in Paris for analysis, French authorities said Thursday.

They will be examined by France's air accident investigation body, the Bureau des Enquetes et Analyses, or BEA.

The BEA said Ethiopian authorities requested its assistance for the analysis of the two boxes -- the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder. Ethiopian officials earlier said they did not have the capacity to analyze them.

Ethiopian investigators brought the boxes to the BEA's office in Paris' Le Bourget airport at lunchtime Thursday, and officials from the two countries held coordination meetings.

The BEA wrote on Twitter that technical work would begin Friday.

In Ethiopia, relatives of the 157 crash victims stormed out of a meeting with Ethiopian Airlines on Thursday, complaining of a lack of information.

The meeting had been held at an Addis Ababa hotel to brief the family members on the investigation into Sunday's crash. However, relatives left the hotel expressing frustration and complaining that they had been told not to speak to the media.

"Tell the Ethiopian Airlines to do their job," one man told a dpa reporter.


After days of pressure, the incident prompted Boeing to ground the entire global fleet of 737 MAX aircraft on Wednesday.

Boeing then confirmed a "pause in delivery" of the 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 models, but the company still planned to continue producing the planes, a company official told dpa by telephone on Thursday.

The same model that crashed in Ethiopia was involved in a Lion Air plane crash in Indonesia last year that killed 189 people.

Japan and Taiwan announced Thursday that they were joining the long list of countries and airlines to suspend use of the plane.

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