Ethiopia crash: Pilots followed procedures, first official report says

Ethiopia crash: Pilots followed procedures, first official report says

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 parked at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

ADDIS ABABA - Ethiopian investigators can not yet say whether there is a structural problem with the Boeing 737 MAX, based on flight and cockpit voice data from the plane that crashed on March 10 killing 157 people, the head of the investigation said.

Boeing, the leading USA aerospace manufacturer, and its principal regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration, have come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks over claims their relationship is too cozy.

The aircraft crashed, killing all 157 people aboard. Ethiopia's Transport Ministry also stated that a report on the issue would be released on Thursday. "It is recommended that the aircraft flight control system relative to the flight controllability shall be reviewed (by Boeing)".

In the news conference, Dagmawit referred to safety recommendations in the preliminary report that point to the new flight-control system on the MAX that seems to have activated inadvertently - the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS.

The preliminary report into the Lion Air disaster suggested pilots lost control after grappling with MCAS, a new automated anti-stall feature that repeatedly lowered the nose of the aircraft based on faulty data from a sensor.

The FAA said Monday that Boeing needed to undertake more work on the proposed fix before it could be submitted for review.

The head of Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde, GebreMariam, said he was proud of the efforts of the pilots in trying to stop their jet from crashing.

"Those should literally follow each other", said one US -based expert, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Boeing's shares rose 2.4 per cent to US$393.97 at 10:39 NY, leaving the stock down 6.8 per cent since the Ethiopia disaster.

Planes usually climb steadily to get safely away from terrain and to reach altitudes where engines burn more efficiently. The full report is expected to be completed within one year.

"The crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer but was not able to control the aircraft", said Minister of Transport Dagmawit Moges.

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A person with knowledge of the aircraft said the system can not reactivate itself unless prompted by pilots.

Lawyers for Stumo's family have also filed a federal tort claim against the FAA over the Ethiopian crash.

"We continue to work towards a full understanding of all aspects of this accident".

"As we learn more about the accident and findings become available, we will take appropriate action", the agency said.

In a statement Thursday, Ethiopian Airlines said its pilots followed Boeing instructions.

"We urge caution against speculating and drawing conclusions on the findings prior to the release of the flight data and the preliminary report", the company said.

"The history of our industry shows most accidents are caused by a chain of events".

Investigators looking to uncover the causes must answer one of the biggest questions: Was the plane's software to blame?

It isn't known when the Ethiopian government plans to publicly release the report.

Meanwhile, Fanta said: "There was no interference from anyone in the investigation".

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

Pilots initially turned the software off, then restarted it.