The black box from the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed on Sunday has been recovered by investigators at the crash site, Ethiopian state TV said on Monday.
An Ethiopian state-affiliated broadcaster has reported that the black box could provide vital evidence on the cause of the crash. An airline official, however, has told The Associated Press that the box is partially damaged and that “we will see what we can retrieve from it.”
The investigation is currently led by Ethiopian authorities co-ordinating with teams of experts from Boeing and the US National Transportation Safety Board.
The cause of the disaster is not yet clear. However, the pilot had reported difficulties and had asked to return to Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Airlines said. "At this stage, we can't rule out anything," CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said. "We can't also attribute the cause to anything because we will have to comply with the international regulation to wait for the investigation," he said.
The Air traffic monitor Flightradar24 reported that the plane's "vertical speed was unstable after take-off". But the pilot of the flight who was named as Senior Capt Yared Getachew had a "commendable performance" with more than 8,000 hours in the air, according to Ethiopian Airlines.
The passenger jet bound for Nairobi crashed minutes after take-off, killing all 157 people on board and raising questions about the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, a new model that also crashed in Indonesia in October. (With Agency input)