Pallbearers carry the coffins of the victims of the Ethiopian Airline Flight ET 302 plane crash, during the burial ceremony at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Orthodox church in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 17, 2019.
Pallbearers carry the coffins of the victims of the Ethiopian Airline Flight ET 302 plane crash, during the burial ceremony at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Orthodox church in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 17, 2019.

ADDIS ABABA - Thousands mourned the Ethiopian plane crash victims on Sunday, accompanying 17 empty caskets draped in the national flag through the streets of the capital as some victims' relatives fainted and fell to the ground.

This photo provided by by the French air accident investigation authority BEA on Saturday, March 16, 2019, shows the cockpit voice recorder from the crashed Ethiopian Airlines jet, in le Bourget, north of Paris.
Ethiopia Finds 'Clear Similarities' Between 2 Boeing 737 MAX 8 Crashes
Flight data recorders of Boeing 737 MAX planes that crashed in Ethiopia and Indonesia show "clear similarities", Ethiopia's transport minister said Sunday as the U.S.

The service came one day after officials began delivering bags of earth to family members of the 157 victims of the crash instead of the remains of their loved ones because the identification process is expected to take such a long time.

Priests attend the burial ceremony of the Ethiopia
Priests attend the burial ceremony of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 crash victims at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Orthodox church in Addis Ababa, March 17, 2019.

Family members confirmed they were given a 1 kilogram (2.2 pound) sack of scorched earth taken from the crash site. Many relatives already have gathered at the rural, dusty crash site outside Ethiopia's capital.

Ethiopia Plane Crash
Tributes Pour In for Victims of Ethiopian Airlines Crash
Tributes and condolences are pouring in for the 157 people who lost their lives when an Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed Sunday near Addis Ababa.The victims were from at least 35 countries and included 22 United Nations staff members heading to a U.N. environmental conference in Nairobi.Flags at the conference were lowered to half-staff Monday.

The victims Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 came from 35 countries and included many humanitarian workers headed to Nairobi.
 
Elias Bilew said he had worked with one of the victims, Sintayehu Shafi, for the past eight years.
 
"He was such a good person," Bilew said. "He doesn't deserve this. He was the pillar for his whole family."
 
French investigators said Saturday night that they had successfully downloaded the cockpit recorder data and had transferred it to the Ethiopian investigation team without listening to the audio files. Work on the flight data recorder resumed Sunday but no additional details were given.

Investigators continue recovery work 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-east of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 15, 2019.
Investigators Begin to Analyze Black Boxes of Ethiopian Airlines Crash
Investigators in France  began examining Friday the flight data and voice recorders from the Ethiopian airliner that crashed earlier in the week, killing all 157 people on board.The Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed Sunday soon after takeoff from Addis Ababa, the second such crash involving the new Boeing model after a jet went down last October in Indonesia. 

Experts from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and the plane's manufacturer Boeing are among those involved in the investigation.
 
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has said satellite-based tracking data shows that the movements of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 were similar to those of Lion Air Flight 610, which crashed off Indonesia in October, killing 189 people. Both involved Boeing 737 Max 8 planes.
 

FILE - A Boeing 737 MAX sits outside the hangar during a media tour of the Boeing 737 MAX at the Boeing plant in Renton, Washington.
US Belatedly Grounds Boeing Model Involved in Deadly Crashes
Sudden reversal followed satellite data showing similarities between anomalies with Canadian flights and the Ethiopian crash

The planes in both crashes flew with erratic altitude changes that could indicate the pilots struggled to control the aircraft. Shortly after their takeoffs, both crews tried to return to the airports but crashed.
 
The United States and many other countries have now grounded the Max 8s as the U.S.-based company 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 in less than six months.