Taiwan joins countries in halting Boeing flights

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In Ethiopia, which lacks the forensic capabilities of other countries, a spokesman for Ethiopian Airlines said the black box voice and data recorders recovered on Monday had been sent overseas for analysis. Two Israelis were killed in the crash, and members of an emergency response team from the country said they are frustrated because they have not been able to access the crash site.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration grounded the planes Wednesday, saying regulators had new satellite evidence that showed the movements of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 were similar to those of Lion Air Flight 610.

The airline in a statement on Thursday said it does not fly the Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft and "will not, and in fact can not, introduce any aircraft into its fleet that does not meet the most stringent global and domestic regulations".

Technical analysis is scheduled to begin on Friday (local time) and the first conclusions could take several days, the BEA said, tweeting a photo of the partly crumpled, orange-cased box.

A Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft is in hangar before the inspection at Garuda Maintenance Facility at Soekarno Hatta airport, Jakarta.

Boeing chief Dennis Muilenburg said he supported the United States decision "out of an abundance of caution" but had "full confidence" in the safety of the plane.

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A Sunwing spokesperson says the aircraft are not commercial flights and that they are positioning them in Windsor for the time being. "We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again", the company added.

The aircraft will not fly until a software update can be tested and installed.

The MAX series is Boeing's fastest-selling model, but it is still relatively new with fewer than 500 in service. Aviation experts say other technical issues or human error can not be discounted.

The Max 8 that crashed on Sunday was one of 30 ordered as part of Ethiopian Airlines' expansion.

There have been heightened concerns following Sunday's crash of the Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft which resulted in deaths of 157 people.

Investigators are focusing on whether the plane's automatic anti-stall system malfunctioned, forcing the plane's nose down when there was no danger of a stall. That created concern that the plane might be slightly more prone to an aerodynamic stall if not flown properly, so Boeing developed software to prevent that.

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