Ethiopian Airlines has recovered the black box of its crashed aircraft with flight number ET 302.
The airline said on Monday that the box was found after a tedious search by the rescue and investigation team, adding that the cause of the crash was assumed to be found from the black box data.
The Boeing 737- Max 8 plane belonging to Ethiopian Airlines, crashed near Addis Ababa minutes after take-off from Bole International Airport to Nairobi, Kenya on Sunday morning, killing all 149 people and eight crew members on board.
“Ethiopian Airlines announces that the Digital Flight Data Recorder and Cockpit Voice Recorder of ET302 have been recovered,” the airline said.
The airline also stated that it had suspended the commercial operations of all Boeing 737- Max 8 aircraft in its fleet immediately after the tragic accident.
Meanwhile, the manufacturer of the crashed aircraft had been deployed to the crash site to provide technical assistance under the direction of the Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau and United States National Transportation Safety Board.
“Boeing is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a 737 MAX 8 airplane. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board and stand ready to support the Ethiopian Airlines team,” the company said in a statement on its website.