UPDATE: Investigation reveals “clear similarities” between two Max 8 crashes

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Flight data from the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crash on 10 March that killed 157 people shows “clear similarities” to the Lion Air 737 Max 8 crash on 29 October that killed 188 people.

Ethiopian Transport Minister, Dagmawit Moges said: “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.”

The similarities were noted after an initial review of information retrieved from the crashed Ethiopian aircraft’s flight data recorder, Moges said yesterday (17 March).

He also said that the recorder is “in a good condition that enabled us to extract almost all the data inside” and the flight data recorders have been shipped to France for review.

All 371 Boeing 737 Max 8 have been grounded around the globe in the wake of the crash and are not expected to be flying until May at the earliest. Boeing chief executive officer (CEO) Dennis Muilenburg says the manufacturer is working with aviation authorities to evaluate new information as it becomes available.

(Picture courtesy of BEA on Twitter: First pictures of the CVR provided by the Ethiopian investigation team/ communication on their behalf)