WASHINGTON- On Sunday, Ethiopia said that the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that killed 157 people had "clear similarities" with October`s Lion Air crash, revealed by initial analysis of the black boxes recovered from the wreckage of the March 10 disaster.
The crash has generated one of the most widely watched and high-stakes inquiries for years, with the latest version of Boeing`s profitable 737 workhorses depending on the outcome.
Both planes were MAX 8s, and both crashed minutes post-take-off after pilots reported flight control problems. Concern over the plane`s safety has caused aviation authorities to ground the model, wiping billions of dollars off Boeing`s market value.
"It was the same case with the Indonesian (Lion Air) one. There were clear similarities between the two crashes so far," Ethiopian transport ministry spokesman Muse Yiheyis said.
"The data was successfully recovered. Both the American team and our (Ethiopian) team validated it," he told Reuters, adding that the ministry would provide more information after three or four days.