Software upgrade for grounded Max jets weeks away - Boeing

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As the investigation proceeds, more details have emerged suggesting similarities between Sunday's crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 jet and another deadly Max 8 accident in October.

France's Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA) said on Saturday that its experts had downloaded data from the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft that crashed minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa last week.

The Ethiopian carrier said DNA testing of the remains of the people on board flight 302 may take up to six months, and it offered bereaved families charred earth from the plane crash site to bury.

As families await results from the investigation, the airline is planning to hold a service on Sunday in Addis Ababa, at the Kidist Selassie, or Holy Trinity Cathedral, where many of Ethiopia's past rulers are buried under its pink stone spires.

Moges said temporary death certificates had been issued for the victims of the March 10 crash and the final documents will be ready within two weeks. The French agency said in a tweet it had not listened to the audio files and that the data had been transferred to Ethiopian investigators.

The Montreal-based company said its guidance for the years 2020 and 2021 for return on invested capital and margin on earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), as well as the cumulative free cash flow over the 2019-2021 period, remains in place.

The move came after a growing number of airlines and countries decided not to fly the planes or ban them from their airspace until it is determined there are no safety issues.

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Children gather in front of a memorial on Saturday, March 16, 2019, where an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed almost a week earlier near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

- Orlando Melbourne International Airport is a parking lot for the infamous Boeing 737 Max 8 aircrafts.

The US planemaker expects the US Federal Aviation Administration to approve design changes to the software "no later than April 2019". Shortly after their takeoffs, both crews tried to return to the airports but crashed. The pilot of that plane reported control problems.

"It has been obvious since the Lion Air crash that a redesign of the 737 MAX 8 has been urgently needed. and the announced proposed fixes do not go far enough".

Investigators looking into the Indonesian crash are examining whether the software automatically pushed the plane's nose down repeatedly, and whether the Lion Air pilots knew how to solve that problem.

Boeing plans to release upgraded software for the 737 MAX in a week to 10 days, sources familiar with the matter said.

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