Ethiopian officials say they are unable to read details of the black boxes recovered this week following last Sunday’s tragic plane crash.
Two black boxes were retrieved from the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed by investigators at the crash site.
Some of the devices recovered from the crash site on Monday included the jet’s cockpit voice recorder and the digital flight data recorder.
These devices were supposed to significantly help in understanding what led to the crash of the Boeing jet.
But Ethiopia lacks the needed equipment to read and analyse the black boxes. Officials of the airline now say sending the boxes abroad is a possible option.
A spokesman for the airline, Biniyam Demssie said Wednesday that the boxes “could be sent abroad because there is no equipment to read” them in Ethiopia.
CNN also reported that the airline’s chief executive Tewolde GebreMariam said a destination will be picked by investigators to analyze the boxes.
One possibly destination according to GebreMariam is the United States or “a closer country in Europe in the interest of proximity and in the interest of speed.”
The aircraft that crashed on Sunday had over 30 nationalities on board. All 157 people who were on board the plane did not survive the crash.
The airline crashed shortly after taking off from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. It was en-route to Nairobi Kenya.
The pilot of #ET302 (Boeing 737 MAX 8) is said to have reported difficulties with the aircraft to ATC.
Experts from Boeing, the aircraft that was involved in the crash and the US National Transportation Safety Board will be helping with investigations.
But many countries have now suspended or banned Boeing jets from their airspace.
They want assurances from Boeing and the US Federal Aviation Administration that it is safe to fly.