Air Canada suspends first quarter, 2019 forecast, citing Boeing Max groundings

Flight Simulator Shows What It's Like Inside Plane Just Before Crash

Flight Simulator Shows What It's Like Inside Plane Just Before Crash

French authorities have the flight data and cockpit voice recorders, though Ethiopia is formally leading the investigation and USA experts are in Paris and Addis Ababa too.

Identifying the remains of the 157 people killed in an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash may take up to six months, the airline said in a document seen by AFP on Saturday. The French agency said in a tweet it had not listened to the audio files and that the data had been transferred to Ethiopian investigators.

Canada's biggest carrier Air Canada suspended its 2019 financial forecasts, while United Airlines, the No. 3 USA carrier, said it would see an adverse effect on its operations if the jets remained grounded heading into the peak summer travel season. Passengers from more than 30 nations were aboard.

The investigations into both 737 Max crashes are underway, and expected to focus on the automated controls.

The aerospace giant held a conference call on Thursday with at least three carriers using the 737 MAX and gave them the patch, one source said, and the other airlines will get it early next week.

Earth from the crash site is being made available for a planned service in Addis Ababa on Sunday, Reuters reports.

"We were told by the company that we will be given a kilo (of earth) each for burial at Selassie Church for a funeral they will organize", said one family member who asked not to be named.

Ethiopian Minster of Transport Dagmawit Moges said it will likely take five to six months to complete the identification, but DNA samples were already being collected from the relatives of victims to aid in the process.

"His dream was to be a pilot", said Meno Getachew Tessema, 39, Yared's brother. "I would like to emphasize his record and that he was a rising star at Ethiopian Airlines".

Preliminary satellite data suggests that the jet's flight path was similar to that of a Lion Air Max 8 that crashed October 29 in Indonesia.

American plane-maker Boeing has announced that it is weeks away from rolling out a software upgrade for its grounded 737 Max aircraft.

However, there have been reports from pilots that the system tip the aircraft's nose downwards within minutes of take-off, forcing them to step in to stop the plane from dropping.

Children gather in front of a memorial on Saturday, March 16, 2019, where an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed almost a week earlier near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Boeing executives and technical experts briefed pilots at USA airlines that fly the Max in November about the plane, less than a month after the Lion Air crash.

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