Ethiopia pilots 'could not stop nosedive'

Ethiopian Air pilots turned off 737 MAX anti-stall system. Then it turned on again

It was not immediately clear whether the crew intentionally redeployed the MCAS system, which was created to push the nose of the 737 Max down to prevent a stall, but which is suspected of exacerbating a different scenario linked to two recent crashes.

Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Group which is the largest and the most successful Aviation group in Africa, would like to acknowledge the preliminary report of the accident of ET 302/10 March, 2019 and would like to appreciate the hard work of the investigation team.

A statement from the airline said flight 302 repeatedly nose-dived before it crashed, citing the preliminary report. The plane model that crashed in the Ethiopian highlands causing 157 fatalities was the same that plunged into the waters of the Java Sea - Boeing 737 Max.

Boeing on Wednesday (local time) successfully tested its new software update, following the devastating Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air crashes which have claimed the lives of over 300 people.

The pilots are said to have tried to manually bring the nose of the plane back up before restoring power but they were unable to regain control - ultimately resulting in the plane crashing to the ground. It's unknown what would have kept the pilots of the Lion Air flight from disengaging the system and trimming the aircraft.

Investigators have focused their attention on the Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) - software created to help prevent the 737 Max from stalling.

Milleron said through tears that the Ethiopian disaster could have been prevented following the Lion Air crash.

China said it's been invited by the FAA to join a panel to review the 737 Max.

"To ensure unintended MCAS activation will not occur again, Boeing has developed and is planning to release a software update to MCAS and an associated comprehensive pilot training and supplementary education program for the 737 MAX".

She also said her agency will recommend that aviation authorities verify that Boeing has "adequately addressed" flight control issues "before release of the aircraft to operations".

This last finding casts serious doubt on the adequacy of the emergency procedures Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration directed pilots to follow after the first crash. In the two incidents, a new anti-stall safety system on the Max that controls trim - MCAS - was activated, sources have told ABC News.

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Ethiopian investigators did not specifically mention the MCAS on Thursday.

A more in-depth report is expected to take several months, before a final report is due within a year.

- Experts believe a new flight control system, MCAS, on the jets, created to stop stalling by dipping the nose, may have been a factor in both accidents, with pilots unable to override it as their jets plunged after a faulty sensor indicated a stall. "It is so sad to learn that our loved ones would have been spared if this problem was detected on time".

Family members of the victims involved in a plane crash react at Addis Ababa worldwide airport.

The family of a 24-year-old American passenger on the Ethiopian jet has sued Boeing in Chicago.

Stumo, originally from MA, is the niece of consumer activist Ralph Nader, who called for a boycott of the 737 MAX on Thursday.

Boeing and the FAA both said they continue to study the reports.

Boeing is the focus of investigations by the U.S. Justice Department, the Transportation Department's inspector general, and congressional committees.

Boeing designed the 737 Max to deliver a 14 per cent fuel-savings to compete with the A320neo from the company's European rival, Airbus. Other countries may ground the planes even longer.

The FAA, which must certify the 737 Max is safe before it can go back into the air, said in a statement that the investigation is still in its early stages.

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