Pilot of Ethiopian Airlines plane reported flight control problems - CEO

Erika Holt
March 14, 2019

On Sunday, the day Flight 302 crashed outside Addis Ababa killing all 157 passengers and crew on board, more than 1,250 Max 8 flights were tracked.

On the other hand, most airlines in the United States have said they are still confident in the model, and the Federal Aviation Administration has not yet taken action. And I have the highest regard for them.

The Foreign Ministry, the National Security Council and the Israeli Consul in Ethiopia Ofer Zach are attempting to obtain approval to receive complete access to the crash site and the onsite morgue for the volunteers, so that they may do their job swiftly and effectively. "So they cooperate very closely".

But he says more questions need to be answered.

There is no evidence the two crashes are linked.

The focus on Boeing has also been intense.

Mr GebreMariam told CNN his airline's pilots had received additional training on the flight procedures involving the 737 MA after the Lion Air crash.

Pressure was growing in the USA for regulators to act, with American and Canadian carriers now virtually alone in operating 737 Max flights, the Guardian reported.

"In two cases, pilots flying in the US late previous year had their planes pitch down unexpectedly after departures". "In a third report, a pilot complained that the Boeing 737 MAX's flight manual was inadequate and 'almost criminally insufficient'".

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While the union endorsed the continued use of the 737 Max, it added, "The flying public should also be aware that American Airlines' Boeing 737 Max planes are unique".

Kenya suffered the greatest fatalities - 32 - in the crash, the flight having been headed to Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Norwegian Air said it would seek recompense for lost revenue and extra costs after grounding its 737 MAX aircraft.

On Monday evening, the FAA issued a notice declaring the plane airworthy.

If a certified aircraft has outstanding airworthiness directives that have not been complied with, the aircraft is not considered airworthy.

The three US airlines using the 737 MAX - Southwest Airlines Co, American Airlines Group Inc and United Airlines - stood by the aircraft, although many potential passengers took to social media to express concerns, asking if they could change flights or cancel.

Gebremariam says the pilot had asked to return to base and his request was approved shortly before the fatal crash.

In both the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes, the airplane immediately showed signs of trouble, with an erratic flight path that ascended and then descended before the airliner crashed minutes later.

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