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Doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight crew followed procedures

Doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight crew followed procedures Doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight crew followed procedures
Bennie Garza | 04 April, 2019, 22:46

A preliminary report shows that pilots followed correct procedures and regulations before the fatal crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 in which all 157 people on board died in Ethiopia, according to a transport official at a press conference on Thursday.

Crash investigators say the pilots in charge of the doomed aircraft repeatedly performed the emergency procedures as set out by Boeing, but lost control of the jet anyway.

Ethiopian flight crash investigators and a team of 18 experts from other agencies including the United States, will continue to analyse whether there were other problems on the aircraft over the next six months to a year, she said.

Following the news conference, Ethiopian Airlines released a statement saying: "The preliminary report clearly showed that the Ethiopian Airlines pilots who were commanding flight ET302 have followed the Boeing recommended and FAA approved emergency procedures to handle the most hard emergency situation created on the airplane".

Dagmawit did not make specific reference to the automatic anti-stalling system which has been implicated in the crash, but did mention a "repetitive nose down" movement of the aircraft.

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

The first - a Lion Air crash in Indonesia that killed 189 people in October - led to Boeing issuing a bulletin reminding operators of emergency guidelines to override a specially developed anti-stall system on Max planes. Boeing is reviewing the report.

The airline also tweeted the information from the preliminary report in a statement about the crash. But authorities issued two recommendations for regulators and American manufacturer, Boeing.

The day before its crash, the Lion Air jet also reported unusual variations in altitude and airspeed at the start of the flight. Soon after, the pilots restored power to the horizontal stabilizer.

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

Family members of the victims involved in a plane crash react at Addis Ababa worldwide airport.

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 U.S. approval by last week.

The company is anxious to win approval for a remedy that could get the planes back in the air.

A US -based attorney says eight Kenyan families of people who died in the crash last month will sue Boeing, the manufacturer of the plane, and the airline for compensation. "We will submit the update for FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) review once that work has been completed in the coming weeks", the statement read.

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