Ethiopia does not have the equipment to analyse the black boxes from Sunday's deadly Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, and is considering sending them abroad, a spokesperson for the airline said.
"It could be sent abroad because there is no equipment to read it here," said spokesman Biniyam Demssie.
The airline's chief executive Tewolde GebreMariam earlier told CNN the black boxes would have to be examined outside the country, in a destination to be chosen by investigators — possibly the United States or "a closer country in Europe in the interest of proximity and in the interest of speed."
In pic: Relatives react at the scene where the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday killing all 157 on board, near Bishoftu, south of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia.
Numerous countries have banned Boeing's 737 MAX 8 medium-haul workhorse jet from their airspace while airlines around the world have grounded the plane after the crash which killed 157 people.
In pic: An offering of fruit, bread rolls, and a plastic container of Ethiopian Injera, a fermented sourdough flatbread, sit next to incense sticks, placed by officials from the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) as they prayed at the scene where the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed.
Similarities with Lion Air crash
The Nairobi-bound plane was the same type as the Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed in October, killing 189 passengers and crew — and some experts have detected similarities between the two accidents.
Tewolde said Ethiopian Airlines pilots had been retrained on the MAX 8 following the Lion Air crash.
"There is very significant similarities on the two accidents. There are a lot of questions to be answered on the airplane," he told CNN.