Officials Speak Out After 'Black Box' Recovered from Plane Crash that Killed 157 People

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March 11, 2019Mar 11, 2019

A tragic disaster occurred over the weekend, claiming the lives of 157 people. Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 fell from the sky and killed everyone on board shortly after taking off.

Now, officials are revealing that they have discovered the black box from the plane's cockpit. They are hoping that it will hold the missing pieces for investigators as they work to determine what caused the wreck.

"Ethiopian Airlines announced on Twitter the Digital Flight Data Recorder and Cockpit Voice Recorder had both been recovered from the crash site at Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, located some 31 miles south of where the plane took off from the capital of Addis Ababa," reported Fox News.

Forensic experts have arrived on the scene and are working around the clock to sift through the wreckage. Investigators from Kenya and the United States have been working together to gather as much information as possible.

"Items such as passports, personal documents, and shredded books were among the items that littered the field. People from 35 countries, including the U.S., died in the Sunday morning crash, which occurred six minutes after the plane took off from Ethiopia's capital en route to Nairobi. Ethiopian Airlines said the senior pilot issued a distress call and was told to return but all contact was lost shortly afterward," reported Fox.

Officials have also said that the black box appears to have been badly damaged in the crash. While the boxes are made extremely well and meant to withstand the destructive force of a plane crash, it can still damage the device. Investigators are trying to pull as much information from it as possible.

Boeing has sent their own team of investigators to help examine the wreckage. They also released a heartfelt statement to express their condolences to the families of everyone who lost their lives.

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