Preliminary report on the ill fated Ethiopian Airlines has been released and according to the report, the pilots who were commanding Flight ET302/10 March have followed Boeing’s recommended and FAA’s approved emergency procedures to handle the most difficult emergency situation created on the airplane.
Ethiopia’s Transport minister Dagmawit Moges delivered the preliminary report on the disaster on Thursday, where she said “the crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer but was not able to control the aircraft.”
The minister noted that the plane was in a “repetitive uncommanded nose-down” position, a position that is widely believed to have been caused by the plane’s MCAS anti-stall software system.
Moges stated further that her government’s investigators recommend that Boeing review the MCAS system and that aviation authorities review the new version before the planes can fly again.
The 737 Max was grounded around the world after the Ethiopian Airlines disaster.
Reports into the disaster have put pressure on Boeing as well as the Federal Aviation Administration over how the 737 Max was certified to fly and how the agency certifies planes generally.
The Ethiopian government report said the Boeing 737 Max 8 had normal certification and the crew had all the necessary permissions and training to fly it, Moges said. The full report is expected to be completed within the next year, officials said at the conference on Thursday.
. Despite their hard work and full compliance with the emergency procedures, it was very unfortunate that they could not recover the airplane from the persistence of nose diving. As the investigation continues with more detailed analysis, as usual we will continue with our full cooperation with the investigation team.
Group CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam said, “All of us at Ethiopian Airlines are still going through deep mourning for the loss of our loved ones and we would like to express our deep sympathy and condolences for the families, relatives and friends of the victims. Meanwhile, we are very proud of our pilots’ compliances to follow the emergency procedures and high level of professional 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 equipped with state of the art and latest training technologies. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our valued customers, the travelling public, the media and global aviation professionals for the remarkably high level of vote of confidences and strong support that you have been giving us starting from the day of this tragic accident. We will double our efforts every single day to win your confidence and earn your business. Your safety will remain our top most priority and we will continue to work together with our partners around the world to make air travel safer and more comfortable. My highest appreciation also goes to my 16,000 colleagues at Ethiopian Airlines for their resilience, high standards of professionalism and their continued commitment for operational excellence and their award winning customer services which enabled us to continue our business with out any operational disruption, flight delays nor flight cancellations.”