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Ethiopian inquiry underlines investigators' independence

Ethiopian accident investigators have stressed that they are acting independently in the probe into the fatal crash of a Boeing 737 Max on 10 March.

Transport minister Dagmawit Moges told a 4 April briefing, at which preliminary findings were released, that the “major objective” of the inquiry was “not to blame”.

“The result of this report is going to help us ensure safety,” she said.

During the briefing the accident investigation board stated that the length of the inquiry – whether six months or a year – would depend on the complexity of the investigation.

It said the probe would “analyse whether other problems exist on this aircraft”.

But the board emphasised that there had been “no interference” with the investigation, adding that technical advice had been sought from several parties including Boeing, the US FAA and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, as well as locally from Ethiopian Airlines and the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority.

“We work together and they advise us,” the board states, adding: “We are an independent entity.”

For all our updated coverage of the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crash, visit our dedicated page.

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