The Ethiopian government on Thursday briefed newsmen on the initial findings of its investigation into the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. The ill-fated airplane crashed on March 10, 2019 after a malfunction caused the plane to nose dive. Both the government and the airline said the Ethiopian authorities preliminary report showed that the doomed jet’s crew followed the guidance provided by Boeing on how to fly the plane. They also used its flight control systems, heaping the blame largely on the manufacturer. The March 10 crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 killed all 157 passengers and crew on the Boeing 737 Max 8 jet. Data has shown significant similarities between the crash and the Lion Air disaster in October when the same model of the plane crashed soon after take-off.
“The crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer but was not able to control the aircraft,” said Dagmawit Moges. The Minister of Transport of Ethiopia revealed this while unveiling results of the preliminary probe into the crash. 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. The Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) is designed to automatically lower the aircraft’s nose if it detects a stall or loss of airspeed.
Countries all over the world had grounded the Boeing Jets in the wake of the crash. The Preliminary Report confirms that the pilots followed the procedure as spelt out in the guideline of the aircraft by Boeing and approved by the Federal Aviation Commission (FAA), this however proved abortive. the burden will now be on the Boeing Manufacturers to explain why their the guidelines as issued by them failed.