Ethopian Airlines pilots “not able to control” 737 before crash despite following Boeing procedures

The pilot’s of the Ethopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max that crashed last month killing 157, were “not able to control the aircraft”, despite “repeatedly” following procedures recommended by Boeing.

This news comes from the first preliminary report into the crash of flight ET302 near Addis Ababa. In a news conference near the site, Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges said that “the crew performed all the procedures repeatedly [that were] provided by the manufacturer but were not able to control the aircraft”.

In a statement, the chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam, said he was “very proud” of the pilots’ “high level of professional performance”.

This crash was the second of a Boeing 737 Max in five months, leading to a air traffic ban across the majority of the world. Last October, Lion Air flight JT610 crashed into the sea near Indonesia killing all 189 people on board.

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