Ethiopian Airlines pilots followed Boeing rules-initial report

Pilots of the ill-fated Ethiopian Airline that crashed last month killing all 157 on board followed all the guidelines provided by the aircraft manufacturer but could not salvage the plane from ‘persistent nose-diving’ a preliminary report has indicated.

Ethiopia’s Minister of Transport Dagmawit Moges said despite efforts to rescue the plane from failure in accordance with the Boeing and Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) emergency procedures, the pilots were not able to recover the plane.

“Despite their hard work and full compliance with emergency procedures, it was very unfortunate that they could not recover the airplane from their persistence of nose diving,” Moges said.

The Boeing 737 Max 8 jet crashed on March 10 shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 on board. It was the second crash of a 737 Max within five months, following a Lion Air crash in Indonesia.

Following the Ethiopian disaster, the Max jets have been grounded worldwide pending a software fix that Boeing is rolling out, which must still receive approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and other regulators.


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