An Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed on Sunday, 10 March 2019, despite pilots following all Boeing recommended and approved emergency procedures, according to a preliminary report.
The statement issued by the airline on Thursday, 4 April 2019, also indicates that despite pilots’ hard work and full compliance with the emergency procedure, it was very unfortunate that they could not recover the airplane from the persistence of nose diving.
“As investigation continues with more detailed analysis, as usual we will continue with our full cooperation with the investigation team,” the statement said.
Commenting on then-preliminary report Group CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam said that “We are proud of our pilots’ compliances to follow the emergency procedure and high level of professionalism performances in such extremely difficult situations.”
“We are also very proud of our global standard Pilot Training Center and the Ethiopian Aviation Academy which is one of the largest and most modern in the world,” he said.
The Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed just after taking off from Addis Ababa on March 10th, killing all 157 on board. The latest report was based on data from the recorders of the Boeing 737 Max 8, Boeing declined to comment pending its review of the report.
The Max 8 has been under scrutiny since a Lion Air flight crashed off the coast of Indonesia under similar circumstances in October.
In the meanwhile, further investigators are looking into the role of a flight-control system known by its acronym, MCAS, which under some circumstances can automatically lower the plane’s nose to prevent an aerodynamic stall, it said.