The black box from the flight of ET 302, which crashed yesterday morning, has been recovered from the accident site in an area called Ejere between the towns of Bishoftu (Debre Zeit) and Modjo.
Manufactured by Boeing, the 737 Max 8 aircraft was the second to crash in five months after Indonesia’s Lion Air. There were eight cabin crew members and 149 passengers aboard the flight heading to Nairobi when it crashed at around 8:40am. Hailing from 33 countries overall, though a plurality were from Kenya, there were no survivors, including two children with Canadian and Polish nationalities, according to people close to the investigation.
The flight was piloted by Yared Mulugeta and co-piloted by Ahmedur Mohammed. Four minutes after taking off, the pilot reported to ground control that the control panel went dead. He was told to return to Bole airport for an emergency landing, sources disclosed.
What transpired in the few minutes after it took off can be recovered from the audio recorded in the black box found this morning. The box contains a recording device placed in an aircraft for the purpose of facilitating the investigation of aviation accidents and incidents.