Africa

French review Ethiopian crash black box

Families of the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines disaster have been mourning at the crash scene. (AAP)

As global regulators await word on whether it's safe to resume flying Boeing 737 MAX jets the black boxes from a crash in Ethiopia have arrived in Paris.

The black boxes recovered from an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa have arrived in Paris for analysis, French authorities have said.

They will be examined by France's air accident investigation body, the Bureau des Enquetes et Analyses (BEA).

Sunday's crash was the second fatal flight for a Boeing 737 Max 8 in less than six months.

More than 40 countries, including the United States have now grounded the planes or refused to let them into their airspace.

The BEA said Ethiopian authorities requested its assistance for analysis of the two boxes - the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder - as the country does not have the capability.

The BEA has experience with global air crashes, and its expertise is often sought whenever an Airbus plane crashes because the manufacturer is based in France.

In Ethiopia, family members of victims of the crash stormed out of a meeting with Ethiopian Airlines on Thursday, complaining of a lack of information.

The meeting had been held at an Addis Ababa hotel to brief the family members on the investigation into Sunday's crash, however, relatives left the hotel expressing frustration and complained that they had been told not to speak to the media.

"Tell the Ethiopian Airlines to do their job," one man told reporters.

All 157 people on board the flight bound for Nairobi were killed in Sunday's crash.

After days of pressure, the incident prompted Boeing to ground the entire global fleet of 737 MAX aircraft on Wednesday.

The same model was involved in a Lion Air plane crash in Indonesia last year that killed 189 people.

Japan and Taiwan announced Thursday it was joining the long list of countries and airlines to suspend use of the plane.

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