Africa

Ethiopian crash hub: Pilots complied with Boeing’s instructions – WSJ

On March 10, the world was hit by the news that a passenger aircraft operated by Africa’s top national carrier – Ethiopian Airlines – had crashed. The reference point for the information was solely the office of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

This article focuses on a rolling coverage of the incident straddling the before, during and the aftermath of what is one of the deadliest incidents Ethiopia has faced in recent years.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has reported what it says are crucial information from the flight recorder – black box – analysis of the ill-fated Ethiopian ET302 aircraft crash.

The latest details said pilots in charge of the Boeing Co. 737 MAX initially followed emergency procedures laid out by the plane maker but still failed to recover control of the jet.

Sources close to the probe said after turning off a flight-control system that was automatically pushing down the plane’s nose shortly after takeoff, the crew couldn’t get the aircraft to maintain its balance till it crashed.

The disclosure of initial findings have been the subject of a ping-pong with Airline officials denying comments on it last week. Government officials also announced an imminent report released on Monday only to backtrack.

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