Ethiopian Airlines: Boeing 737 Max crash relatives offered earth for ceremony

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The French air accident investigation agency BEA tweeted Saturday that technical work on the recorder had started.

France's Bureau of Inquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety has confirmed that it took possession of the flight data and cockpit voice recorders on Thursday.

Family members are being give a 1 kilogram sack of scorched earth taken from the crash sites, said two family members. An Ethiopian government official confirmed this. "We will not rest until we are given the real body or body parts of our loved ones".

Dagmawit said temporary death certificate had been given, and a final one would be issued in two weeks time. The victims of the crash came from 35 countries.

While experts say it is too soon to know what brought down the Boeing 737 MAX 8 on March 10, aviation authorities worldwide have grounded Boeing's 737 MAXs, as concerns over the plane caused the company's share price to tumble.

Passengers from more than 30 countries were on board the Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi.

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The fatal accident near Addis Ababa came after a Lion Air 737 MAX 8 crashed last October, killing 189 people.

Both major Canadian airlines relied heavily on the 737 Max planes, and warned the groundings would cause delays and disruptions as they deployed other aircraft. Shortly after their takeoffs, both crews tried to return to the airports but crashed.

Boeing, in its turn, said on Wednesday that it had "full confidence" in the safety of its 737 MAX aircraft but supported the decision to temporarily ground the entire fleet of 737 MAX 8 and 737 MAX 9 series planes after the crash. Engineers are making changes to the system created to prevent an aerodynamic stall if sensors detect that the jet's nose is pointed too high and its speed is too slow.

In two anonymous reports on flights just after the Lion Air disaster, U.S. pilots disconnected the autopilot and corrected the plane's trajectory in response.

Trump and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed exchanged condolences Friday, Abiy said on Twitter, with the United States president praising Ethiopian Airlines as a "strong institution" and offering technical support.

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