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"Our sympathies go to the families of the passengers and crew of the Ethiopia Airlines Flight 302," Aireon said in a statement. Aireon gave "data transmitted from flight 302" to support investigations by the FAA and many other aviation authorities, the company said.
Even after dozens of countries have established Boeing 737 Max, the FAA does not. It was only until the arrival of "usable data" from Aireon that the FAA made the decision, declared the director Daniel Elwell to CNBC.
"We cannot comment on the cause of the tragedy or the outcome of the investigation, only that we have provided the data", clarified Aireon in his statement.