Ethiopian Airlines said two devices, the cockpit voice recorder and the digital flight data recorder, were recovered from the crash site.
"The Digital Flight Data Recorder(DFDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder(CVR) of ET302 have been Recovered," said Ethiopian Airlines.
With the devices, investigators and experts can put together the last moments of the flight; taking record of details from the aircraft’s sensors. This could also help explain why the new plane crashed.
The flight, heading to Nairobi, had just taken off from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Sunday morning when it reported technical problems and asked for permission to turn back.
The plane crashed six minutes after take off.
The two Nigerians aboard the ill-fated flight were Pius Adesanmi, Canada-based professor of Literary Arts, Carleton university, and Biodun Bashua, a former UN and African Union (AU) deputy joint special representative in Darfur, Sudan.
Passengers from around 35 countries were on the Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi that crashed on Sunday.
All 157 people — 149 passengers and eight crew members were killed.
Kenya paid the heaviest price with 32 of its citizens among the victims, according to a list shared by the airline. It was followed by Canada and Ethiopia, which lost 18 and nine nationals respectively.
Astonishingly, it was a blessing in disguise for Kenyan Ahmed Khalid to miss an Ethiopian Airlines flight bound for Nairobi from Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, on Sunday, March 10.
The plane Khalid was bound to fly in crashed approximately six minutes after take off killing all 157 passengers and crew on board.
It was gathered that Khalid who was received by his family at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Monday, March 11, was flying from Dubai to Addis Ababa from where he had planned to connect to Nairobi via the ill-fated flight.
A misfortune in the name of a delayed takeoff from Dubai turned out to be his luck.
"Because of the delay from Dubai, I missed the first flight to Nairobi... one passenger saw on his mobile the first plane which had just flew, like six minutes after it flew, it just crashed," he said.