Investigators start studying Ethiopian jet’s voice recorder

Boeing Has Grounded All Boeing 737 Max Planes Worldwide Over Safety Fears

United Airlines, the No. 3 U.S. carrier, said it would see an adverse effect on its operations if the jets remained grounded heading into the peak summer travel season. They mentioned changes in the flight-control software, indicating that Boeing was already at work on a solution.

Montreal-based Air Canada has said it operated seventy-five 737 MAX flights daily out of a total schedule of approximately 1,600 flights system-wide.

US authorities say information from the wreckage in Ethiopia and data on its flight path show some similarities.

"That is way too fast", the source said. A spokesman for the BEA agency said downloading the data from the recorder retrieved from wreckage was expected to take four to five hours.

Men unload a case from a diplomatic vehicle from the Ethiopian Embassy outside the headquarters of France's BEA air accident investigation agency in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, March 14, 2019.

Investigators looking into the Indonesian crash are examining whether the software automatically pushed the plane's nose down repeatedly, and whether the Lion Air pilots knew how to solve that problem.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration grounded the planes Wednesday, saying regulators had new satellite evidence that showed the movements of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 were similar to those of Lion Air Flight 610.

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Norwegian Air CEO Bjorn Kjos has said his airline will seek compensation from Boeing. "We are making all the necessary efforts to identify the cause of the accident", Ethiopian Minister of Transport Dagmawit Moges told reporters in Addis Ababa.

Later in the week the U.K. and India joined in the wave of groundings, and by Wednesday evening President Donald Trump added the United States to the growing list, as aviation officials await the results of an investigation into the latest crash.

For airlines that over-ordered the 737 MAX, the grounding could provide an excuse to delay or cancel purchases, analysts said, though others are scrambling to adjust business plans that bet heavily on the fuel-efficient, longer-range jets.

Air Canada and United Airlines on Friday became the first major carriers in North America to warn of negative impacts on business due to the grounding of Boeing Co›s 737 MAX planes.

Southwest and American are the two largest domestic owners of 737 Max 8 and 9 jets, although they make up less than 5 percent of Southwest's fleet and less than 3 percent for American. "The next steps will take some time", he said. All 189 people onboard were killed.

A preliminary review of the device and how it was configured at the time of the crash indicated that it was set to push down the nose, according to the person, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the investigation.

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