Published: Fri, April 05, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Ethiopian Airlines crash: Crew complied with emergency procedures, preliminary report finds

Ethiopian Airlines crash: Crew complied with emergency procedures, preliminary report finds

Ethiopia's transport minister Dagmawit Moges made the announcement at a press conference citing data from the doomed plane's recorders.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced today that it will be forming a joint task for with NASA and global regulators to review the software update for the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft as new details from the Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crash emerge.

The Max 8 has been under scrutiny since a Lion Air flight crashed off the coast of Indonesia under similar circumstances in October.

All 737 MAX jets have been grounded across the world by the Federal Aviation Administration. These engines are more fuel efficient than previous 737s, but they're larger, which changed the aerodynamics of the overall aircraft, giving the jet a tendency to point slightly upward.

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

Boeing said it plans to install an extra warning system on all 737 Max aircraft, which was previously an optional safety feature.

Airline CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said: "All of us at Ethiopian Airlines are still going through deep mourning for the loss of our loved ones but the airline remains "very proud of our pilots' compliances to follow the emergency procedures".

Investigators have focused their attention on the Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) - software created to help prevent the 737 Max from stalling.

Investigators are studying whether there are any conditions under which MCAS could reactivate itself automatically, without the pilots reversing the cut-out maneuver.

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We at Boeing are sorry for the lives lost in the recent 737 MAX accidents.

Flight ET302 crashed after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing 157 people.

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.

"The update adds additional layers of protection and will prevent erroneous data from causing MCAS activation".

Muranga Senator Kang'ata has teamed up with a consortium of USA lawyers to sue aircraft manufacturer Boeing over the deadly crash that killed 157, among them 32 Kenyans.

On Thursday, Boeing spokesman Peter Pedraza said: "Boeing will be reviewing the published report as it is released".

The planemaker said on Monday it planned to submit a proposed software enhancement package to MCAS in the "coming weeks", having previously said it would deliver the fix for USA approval by last week.

In line with worldwide rules on air incidents, the preliminary report did not attribute blame.

The MCAS system was absent from pilot manuals and flight simulators, including for the well-known flight training program X-Plane 11, which came out in 2018, one year after the first commercial flight of the 737 Max 8.

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