Flight recorder recovered in Ethiopian Airlines crash

18 Canadians among 157 killed

A Boeing technical team is working with Ethiopian authorities in the aftermath of the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet not long after takeoff Sunday.

The pilot had sent a distress call and was given clearance to return.

There were 157 passengers and crew on board – 18 of them Canadian.

Weather was clear at the time.

It’s the second crash of a 737 Max 8 aircraft less than six months. The other
plunged into the Java Sea after taking off last October from Jakarta, Indonesia.

Ethiopian Airlines and China’s civilian aviation authority have grounded their Max 8 jets indefinitely.

Air Canada has 24 of the jets in its fleet; Westjet operates 13. Air Canada says they have performed excellently from a safety, reliability and customer satisfaction perspective.