A black-box at the BEA French Accident Investigation Bureau on September 7th, 2018 (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Accordingly, France’s Air Accident Investigation Agency BEA will analyse black-box flight recorders from the plane.

The French announcement resolved uncertainty over the fate of the two recorders after Germany’s BFU said it had declined a request to handle them because it could not process the new type of recorder used on the 737 MAX jets, in service since 2017.

Earlier, a jetliner carrying 157 people crashed shortly after takeoff from the Ethiopian capital, killing everyone aboard on March 10th.

The plane crashed six minutes after departing, plowing into the ground at Hejere near Bishoftu or Debre Zeit, some 50 kilometers south of Addis Ababa, at 08h44.

Authorities confirmed that the plane was carrying passengers from more than 30 countries.

The victims include 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight people each from China, the United States and Italy, seven each from France and Britain, six from Egypt, five from the Netherlands and four each from India and Slovakia.

State-owned Ethiopian Airlines, widely considered the best-managed airline in Africa, calls itself Africa's largest carrier and has ambitions to become the gateway to the continent.

The Ethiopian parliament announced a state funeral on March 11th for victims of the crash./.

Compiled by BTA