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The crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 was the second deadly incidence for the 737 MAX 8 following the October crash of an Indonesian Lion Air jet that killed all 189 passengers and crew.

Initial data from the doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight as well as subsequent satellite information recovered showed an erratic flight path during the six minutes that the plane was in the air before it crashed into farmer's field outside the capital, Addis Ababa, on March 10, killing all 157 aboard.

Following last October's Lion Air crash in Indonesia, investigators said the pilots had appeared to struggle with an automated system created to keep the plane from stalling, a new feature of the jet.

US-based Boeing now faces the challenge of proving the jets are safe to fly, amid suspicions that faulty sensors and software contributed to the two crashes that killed 346 people.

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Ethiopia's Transport Ministry and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have both pointed to similarities between the two disasters.

The Justice Department is investigating Boeing's development process for the 737 Max jetliner after two high-profile accidents appear to involve the planes' anti-stall systems, The Wall Street Journal reports.

It added that all relevant data from the black boxes had so far been recovered and validated by the Ethiopian, American and European investigators.

Southwest flew in some aircraft and parked others at Orlando International Airport early Friday after the FAA grounded the jets Wednesday in response to a crash by a 737 Max jet Sunday in Ethiopia and another in October in Indonesia.

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Following the tragic crash, Boeing issued warnings and training advisories to operators of the specific plane model on a possible design flaw of the plane's Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).

Investigators are looking into whether or not the stabilizers could have been triggered by the plane's automatic Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), which is created to prevent the plane's nose from tipping upward, according to a report from The New York Times.

"The soil came as it became impossible to identify bodies and hand over remains to family members", a family member said. Some victims' relatives fainted and fell to the ground. "He was the pillar for his whole family", Mr Bilew said.

MCAS was introduced by Boeing on the 737 Max 8 because its heavier, more fuel-efficient engines changed the aerodynamic qualities of the workhorse aircraft and can cause the plane's nose to pitch up in certain conditions during manual flight.

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