Ethiopian officials say last week’s plane crash involving one of the Ethiopian airlines’ jets had similarities with last year’s Indonesia air crash.
Experts in Paris have been examining details of the black boxes retrieved from the crash site in Ethiopia.
Ethiopia’s transport minister has said that details so far revealed “clear similarities” between the two crashes.
Both jets involved in the crashes were Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.
Ethiopian officials had to send the boxes to France because they could not read the details.
Transport Minister of Ethiopia Dagmawit Moges told journalists “Clear similarities were noted between Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Indonesian Lion Air Flight 610, which would be the subject of further study during the investigation”.
She said on Sunday that that a preliminary report would be released within 30 days.
The Ethiopian 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.
Memorial service for victims
Memorial ceremonies have been held in Kenya and Ethiopia for the 157 people who died in the jet crash a week ago.
There were more than 30 different nationalities on board the Ethiopian airliner that crashed. Kenya was the worst hit with 36 citizens dying.
On Sunday relatives of the victims gathered in Kenya’s capital Nairobi and Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa to remember them.
In Ethiopia’s Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, relatives gathered around empty 12 coffins representing the Ethiopian victims.
Staff of the Ethiopian Airlines also gathered at the city’s Bole International Airport to pay their respects to the crew that perished in the crash.
In Kenya’s Nairobi, relatives of some of the 36 victims were joined by diplomats from other nationalities involved in the crash to pay their respects.
A service was held at an Ethiopian Orthodox church in the city.