Ethiopian Airlines pilots 'could not stop nosedive'

Ethiopian Airlines pilots 'could not stop nosedive'

Ethiopian Airlines pilots 'could not stop nosedive'

She also said her agency will recommend that aviation authorities verify that Boeing has "adequately addressed" flight control issues "before release of the aircraft to operations".

Ethiopia Airlines today issued statement on the findings of the recently crashed Boeing 737 Max-8, which disproved media reports of pilot's error. It was the second crash of a 737 Max within five months, following a Lion Air crash in Indonesia. The Ethiopian probe appeared to confirm suspicions about the so-called Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, with data echoing that from the crash of the Indonesian Lion Air 737 MAX 8 flight in October previous year which killed 189 people.

An investigation into the Lion Air flight suggested the system malfunctioned, and forced the plane's nose down more than 20 times before it crashed into the sea, reported BBC News.

The UAE has accepted an invitation to join the US Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) review panel on the Boeing 737 MAX, a senior official told Reuters on Thursday. Incorrectly sensing a stall, the aircraft's system tried to force the nose down four separate times during the flight, in the end overpowering the flight crew's ability to keep the airplane climbing.

Preliminary findings of an investigation into the crash are due to be released tomorrow morning by officials in Ethiopia.

It began to feed faulty data into the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), created to prevent stalls by pushing the nose of the plane lower.

The FAA, which must certify the 737 Max is safe before it can go back into the air, said in a statement that the investigation is still in its early stages. If pilots find that the plane is repeatedly pointing the nose down, Boeing procedures say they should flip two switches to the left of their knees that would cut electrical power to motors that control a horizontal stabilizer on the tail. Instead the pilots were praised for following the procedures outlined by Boeing to try and regain control of the aircraft.

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Officials denied reports of tensions between Ethiopian officials and US and other foreign investigators accredited to the probe.

The MCAS is believed to have been a key factor in both 737 Max crashes.

The FAA grounded all 737 Max 8s and Max 9s in the United States on March 13, after aviation regulators in other nations around the world had already done the same.

Ethiopian Airlines has said that their pilots followed the Boeing/FAA instructions to the letter but were unsuccessful in pulling the aircraft out of repeated nosedives, that ultimately ended in disaster.

The investigation has now turned toward how MCAS was initially disabled by pilots following an emergency checklist procedure but then appeared to repeatedly start working again before the jet plunged to the ground, the people said.

The planemaker says the upgrades are not an admission that MCAS caused the crashes.

"We are very proud of our pilots' compliances to follow the emergency procedures, and high level of professional performances in such extremely hard situations", GebreMariam's statement noted.

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