French investigators took possession on Thursday of the black boxes recovered from the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, seeking clues about the causes of a disaster that has grounded Boeing's 737 Max fleet worldwide.
There is a back and forth regarding investigations to unravel the exact cause of the March 10 Ethiopian Airline crash in the town of Bishoftu in the Oromia region.
Arthur Wolk, an attorney who represents plaintiffs in air crash litigation and said he has been contacted by a potential plaintiff over the Ethiopian Airlines crash, said Boeing would likely face claims for strict liability.
"Garuda is reconsidering its upcoming order of 20 Boeing 737 MAXs after the two Boeing crashes", CEO Ari Askhara told reporters on Thursday, adding its only Boeing 737 MAX would stay grounded until "there's notification from the FAA".
The decision to prevent airlines from using their 737 MAX comes after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on Sunday and killed all the 157 people from 35 nations on board shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa.
The manufacturer said it would continue its production rate of 52 aircraft per month, but its MAX fleet would not be delivered to airlines or leasing companies.
The report is due later this year, and follows a draft report that pointed to issues with Boeing's anti-stall system, as well as the airline's training and maintenance.
Ethiopian Airlines said earlier it would send the two cockpit voice and data recorders overseas for analysis. The US president said safety was of paramount concern.
Three days after the accident in Ethiopia and in the wake of global 'blacklisting, ' the United States finally ordered the grounding of all Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 jets.
Rose, the lawyer for passengers, said two accidents so close together will put the focus of any lawsuits on the Ethiopian crash on how Boeing tried to address problems with its MCAS system after the Lion Air crash.
The accounts of the recent crashes were echoed in concerns registered by U.S. pilots on how the MAX 8 behaves.
Both planes were fitted with the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), a newly upgraded system created to push the nose of the plane down should the aircraft get to an altitude that would cause it to suddenly stall.
He said: "According to the air traffic controller's recorded voice exchange, the pilot recorded flight control problems, so he was having difficulties with the flight control of the aeroplane".
Boeing was criticized after the Lion Air crash for allegedly failing to adequately inform 737 pilots about the functioning of the stall prevention system.