Tuesday 22 October 2019

Anti-stall system was activated before Boeing Max jet crashed, claims report

An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 (Mulugeta Ayene/AP)
An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 (Mulugeta Ayene/AP)

Dean Gray

Investigators have determined that an anti-stall system automatically activated before an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max jet plunged into the ground, it was reported yesterday.

The preliminary conclusion, based on information from the aircraft's data and voice recorders, shows that the malfunctioning automated system may be responsible for the deadly March 10 crash, 'The Wall Street Journal' reported.

It also is a strong link to the fatal crash of an Indonesian Lion Air Max jet, which had similar problems in October.

Both crashes killed a combined 346 people and are being investigated by teams of international experts.

The 'Wall Street Journal' said the consensus among investigators was revealed during a briefing at the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

An FAA spokesman wouldn't comment when contacted by AP, and an Ethiopian Ministry of Transport spokesman said he knew nothing about the newspaper's report.

Irish Independent

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