Recovered black box from Ethiopian Airlines crashed flight is cockpit voice recorder

Back-to-back crashes have forced airlines to ground Boeing's new 737

The suspension comes after 157 people aboard an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX were killed when the flight crashed shortly after takeoff on on Sunday morning, which followed another 737 MAX crash in late October a year ago, in which all 189 passengers and crew were killed.

Norwegian travel agent Berg-Hansen, dealing with cancellations of flights on Norwegian Air's 737 MAX planes, said clients were mainly concerned about whether their flights were still scheduled to fly and the need to rebook if so.

The decision to ground the plane is a precautionary move that was made after a review of all the available evidence, Garneau told a news conference Wednesday in Ottawa that was twice delayed by what he called new incoming information.

Investigators at the crash site recovered the recorder, TV said. But the company says it expects the FAA to mandate the software upgrade through an "Airworthiness Directive (AD) no later than April".

Canada's transport minister also said he will not hesitate to act once the cause of the crash is known.

Reuters and other media outlets have reported that Boeing has for months planned design changes after the Lion Air crash in Indonesia but the FAA notice was the first public confirmation.

This comes after several nations, from the United Kingdom to Japan, grounded the passenger jets after two Boeing 737 Max 8s crashed in the past four months, killing 346 people onboard.

CTV went to Winnipeg's airport and spoke with passengers who were on a West Jet Boeing 737 Max 8 flight from Toronto to Winnipeg.

Southwest Airlines is now operating 34 of the 737 Max-8 planes, while American Airlines now flies 24 of the Max-8 aircraft.

USA aviation regulators have signalled their confidence in the safety of Boeing's embattled 737 Max jetliner, issuing a global notice of "continued airworthiness" a day after the model's second deadly crash in less than five months.

Meanwhile, passengers in the USA are taking to social media to express their displeasure about potentially flying on Boeing 737 Max planes.

Jason Scarrotts, a father of two young children, said he was on the phone with Air Canada for 90 minutes before speaking with an agent to rebook their Max 8 flight from Vancouver to Palm Springs, only to be disconnected. Both planes crashed shortly after takeoff.

The decision will affect Air Canada and WestJet, which operate 24 and 13 of the 737 Max jets.

The announcement follows Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people. "In fact he was allowed to turn back", he said.

The passengers came from more than 30 nations. Pilots could counteract the sudden downward tilt by flipping two switches and manually holding the aircraft stable, the planemaker said.

Many airlines were keeping to schedule by using other jets while economic woes meant some may be grateful for a pause.

Family members mourn forf crash victim air hostess Sara Gebremichael, 38, at her house in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Authorities around the world have grounded the new version of the single-aisle workhorse amid concerns that similarities between the African tragedy and an October crash in Indonesia could point to an inherent safety risk.

Passengers were fretting too, with many seeking reassurances they would not be flying on a 737 MAX.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal suggested on Twitter that an upcoming hearing on the crash would focus on that conversation.

"We do have a few flight attendants who are indicating they are afraid to fly the 737 Max", said Lori Bassani, president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents employees at American.

Boeing's shares fell as much as 10 percent on the prospect that two such crashes in such a short time could reveal flaws in its new plane.

British regulators said they based their decision on the fact that "we do not now have sufficient information from the flight data recorder we have".

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