It seems that this new Boeing 737 MAX has a major fault, according to a Pilot. The Ethiopian Airlines 737 max plane was on its way to Nairobi, Kenya, from Addis Ababa when it disappeared off the radar at 8:44am (GMT).
The airline released a statement saying the airline lost contact with Bole International Airport six mintues after take off before crashing 60 kilometres South-east of the airport. Former British Airways pilot Alastair Rosenschein said there is likely to be comparisons with the Lion Air Flight 610 crash, with both crashes involving a brand new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
Mr Rosenschein told Sky News: “The focus will be on the similarities between this 737 MAX 8 accident shortly after take off which the Lion Air accident which happened in October last year.
“And that involved a faulty angle-of-attack sensor and NCS system which is an automated system to recover the aircraft from a stall whereby the nose of the aircraft is lowered automatically.
“In that incident, the crews were not aware that this system existed. It was not in their training manuals.
So they will have issued information to crews about this system and they would have taken action to avoid that thing happening again.”
But he added: “It’s impossible to say what caused this accident at this very early stage but these are where the focus will probably initially be.”
The former pilot said it will not be until the aircraft’s two black boxes are recovered before investigators are able to establish the reason for the crash.
Boeing has released a statement and said: “Boeing is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a 737 MAX 8 airplane.
Posted by Amanda Hopkins
Extract from www.dailyexress.co.uk