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France-Ethiopia: visit of Macron to "sponsor" Airbus planes

Behind the decision to analyze the data of the black boxes also political moves

France will not only extract and analyze the data contained in the black boxes of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing B-737 MAX 8 aircraft crashed last March 10 shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa, but the Paris government would also be looking for to increase contacts with the Ethiopian with the aim of signing a billion dollar contract. The idea of Paris is to "sponsor" the European aerospace company Airbus to Ethiopia in the hope of concluding an important agreement, should the investigation prove that the disaster was caused by a defect in Boeing's plane. A first step was taken during the visit that President Emmanuel Macron, who met with the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, with whom, according to the French press, there was also talked about a possible contract, made at the beginning of the week in Addis Ababa of A-320neo aircraft sales, in addition to the willingness to analyze the black boxes after being asked to do it to Germany. The German federal agency for aeronautical accidents, however, had to say "no" since it does not have the software necessary to analyze the flight and cabin data recorder models contained in the B-737 MAX 8.

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