WASHINGTON – Investigators looking into a Boeing 737 MAX crash in Ethiopia that killed 157 people have reached a preliminary conclusion that an anti-stall system was activated before the plane hit the ground, Wall Street Journal reported Friday citing people briefed on
US security investigators have reviewed data from the "black boxes" that were aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, four people briefed on the investigation told Reuters on Thursday.
The plane crashed March 10 shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa
Investigators of a deadly 737 MAX crash in Indonesia in October have also focused on the new anti-stall system.
Boeing's fastest-selling 737 MAX jet, with orders worth more than $ 500 billion at list prices, has been grounded globally by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other regulators, although airlines are still allowed to fly them without passengers to move planes to other airports
The manufacturer said he had developed a training package that 737 MAX pilots are required to take before the global ban can be lifted.
On Thursday, a lawsuit against Boeing was filed in the Chicago federal court by the family of Jackson Musoni, a citizen of Rwanda, who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
The lawsuit alleges that Boeing had defectively designed the automated flight control system.
The amount and quality of training that Boeing and airlines provided to 737 MAX pilots is one of the issues under scrutiny as investigators around the world try to determine the causes of two 737 MAX crashes (1
US and European regulators knew at least two years before the Indonesian crash that the usual method for controlling the 737 MAX's nose angle may not work in conditions similar to those in the two recent disasters, Reuters reported Friday, quoting a document.
The European Aviation and Space Agency (EASA) certified the plane as safe, partly because it said additional procedures and training would "clearly explain" to pilots the "unusual" situations in which they would need to handle a rarely used manual wheel to control, or "trim," the plane's angle.
These situations, however, were not listed in the flight manual, according to a copy of American Airlines seen by Reuters. Boeing declined to comment on the EASA document