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Flight 302: Preliminary data from black boxes to point out clear similarities with Lion Air Flight 610 crash

Addis Ababa - After physical evidence found at the crash site, the black boxes of the Ethiopian Flight 302 also point out clear similarities with the Lion Air Flight 610 crash.

Early analysis of the data retrieved from the black boxes of the Ethiopian Airlines' Flight 302 show similarities with the Lion Air crash last year in October killing all 157 people on board, according to Ethiopian Minister of Transport Dagmawit Moges.

Investigators were able to recover all relevant data from the FDR (Flight Data Recorder) and CVR (Cockpit Voice Recorder). The similarities linking two Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes have been confirmed by investigators, the minister also told reporters.

The horizontal stabilizer found at the crash site was tilted up and investigators had unofficially confirmed it was due to a drive spindle used to change the position of the stabilizer.

"Physical evidence confirms the link between two Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes"

The analysis of the black boxes has begun in France on March 16. A preliminary report will be released within 30 days.