Boeing to send team to site of deadly Ethiopian plane crash

Saul Bowman
March 15, 2019

Fanu Getu, an Ethiopian village guard, still shivers when talking about witnessing the horrific aftermath of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 plane that crashed in his quiet farming village of Ejere, about 70 km east of Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.

The Ismaili Centre said Ameen Noormohamed was on board the Ethiopian Airlines plane that went down on Sunday moments after takeoff from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 passengers and crew.

He said the UK, France and Germany were being considered, as well as the European Union Aviation Safety Agency based in Cologne, Germany, and that a decision would be made Wednesday. The pilots said that soon after engaging the autopilot on Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, the nose tilted down sharply.

Left with no choice, the "mad" Greek man booked a later flight but before he could join that plane, airport staff prevented him from boarding and he was taken to the police.

"It's millions of small threads we nearly never feel - but one to break is enough to feed the whole web instantly", he further said. The drop has lopped US$26.65 billion off Boeing's market value. But October's Lion Air crash in Indonesia sparked a debate on automation, particularly over a software system created to push the plane down to stop a stall during flight.

Norwegian Air seeks compensation OSLO Norwegian Air said on Wednesday it will seek compensation from plane maker Boeing for costs and lost revenue after grounding its fleet of 737 MAX 8 aircraft in the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines crash.

Pilots have been voicing concerns about the aircraft for months using a federal database where they can voluntarily report problems without fear of repercussions, the Dallas Morning News reported.

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A 50,000-member flight-attendants union is calling on the United States government to investigate the Boeing 737 Max 8.

Ethiopian Airlines Chief Executive Tewolde GebreMariam confirmed that the investigation would be carried out in partnership between Ethiopian and U.S. investigators.

Prior to the grounding, Boeing had promised to upgrade some flight-control software "in the coming weeks".

It is not clear if the video might help determine the cause of the crash, one day after Ethiopian Airlines said the plane's black box has been recovered.

The new variant of the 737, the world's most-sold modern passenger aircraft, was viewed as the likely workhorse for global airlines for decades and 4,661 more are on order.

While the airline industry awaits answers on the safety of the Boeing 737 Max 8, there's a battle over who will analyze the "black boxes" from the weekend crash.

A debate over automation lies at the centre of an investigation into October's Lion Air crash in Indonesia. A focus there is the role of a software system created to push the plane down, alongside airline training and fix standards.


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