Black boxes from crashed Ethiopian plane are in France: BEA

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A bulldozer scopes the debris of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash before a commemoration ceremony at the scene of the crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

PARIS (Reuters) – The black boxes from the crashed Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 arrived in Paris on Thursday but are not yet in the possession of France’s BEA air accident investigation agency, a BEA spokesman said.

The flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder will be handed over to the BEA later in the day. Their data are critical to finding out what caused the brand new aircraft to plunge to the ground shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa on Sunday.

Reporting by Richard Lough; Editing by Gareth Jones

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