Ethiopia’s minister of transport Dagmawit Moges says Ethiopian airlines pilots followed proper procedures when their Boeing max 8 aeroplanes repeatedly nosedived before a March 10 crash that killed 157 people.
At a news conference on Thursday, while delivering the first official report on the disaster in the capital, Addis Ababa Dagmawit Moges said the crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer but was not able to control the aircraft
In line with international rules on air accidents, the preliminary report did not attribute blames nor did it give a detailed analysis of the flight, which is expected to take several months before a final report within a year.
But in a clear indication of where Ethiopian investigators are focusing most of their attention, the report cleared the pilots of using incorrect procedures and issued two recommendations directed at plane maker Boeing and regulators.
It suggested that Boeing review the aircraft control system and aviation authorities confirm the problem had been solved before allowing that model of the plane back into the air. It was grounded globally following the crash, which was the second deadly accident in six months involving the new model after a lion air crash in Indonesia in October that killed 189 people.
However, the report could spark a debate with Boeing about how crew responded to problems triggered by faulty data from an airflow sensor, particularly over whether they steadied the plane before turning key software off.