Ethiopian authorities cite ‘clear similarities’ in 2 crashes

The digital flight data recorder, seen here, arrived in Paris on Thursday.

The digital flight data recorder, seen here, arrived in Paris on Thursday.

Preliminary data from the flight recorders of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 plane that crashed a week ago, killing 157 people, show “clear similarities” to the deadly crash of a Lion Air 737 Max 8 in October, Ethiopia’s transport minister, Dagmawit Moges, said Sunday.

Moges did not discuss the similarities. Both planes were new, and crashed shortly after takeoff. Both aircraft flew with erratic altitude changes that could have indicated pilots struggling to control the jets.

Thousands of people marched through the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Sunday with empty caskets.

Authorities have said recovering and identifying the bodies could take months.

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