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Ethiopian Airlines Crash Is Second Disaster Involving Boeing 737 Max 8 In Months by admin: on Sun 10 at 11:56 pm
For the second time in less than six months, a brand-new Boeing aircraft has crashed just minutes into a flight.
All 157 people on board the Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa that crashed on Sunday morning have died, the airline has confirmed.
The tragedy follows the Lion Air flight that went down over the Java Sea in late October, killing all 189 people on board.
Live updates: Ethiopian Airlines plane crash
Live updates: Ethiopian Airlines plane crash
There is no suggestion yet as to what caused the latest disaster, and no evidence that the two incidents are linked in causality.
What is known, however, is that both flights took place on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 -- a new model recently unveiled to great fanfare by the US aviation giant, that saw its first flight less than two years ago.
"It's highly suspicious," said Mary Schiavo, a CNN aviation analyst and the former Inspector General of the U.S. Transportation Department. "Here we have a brand-new aircraft that's gone down twice in a year. That rings alarm bells in the aviation industry, because that just doesn't happen."
No survivors in Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crash near Addis Ababa
No survivors in Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crash near Addis Ababa
Adding to concerns are some similarities between the two flights. Both were operated by well-known airlines with strong safety records -- but the Lion Air flight went down 13 minutes after take off, while Sunday's Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed just six minutes into its journey.
And while the Ethiopian Airlines did not see the wild fluctuations in altitude that the Lion Air flight saw, it did dip and then regain altitude before it crashed.
"The similarities with Lion Air are too great not to be concerned," Schiavo said.
Data from flight recorders awaited
At the root of October's Lion Air crash was a new safety system installed in the MAX 8 plane, known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), that automatically pulls the plane's nose down if data suggests it is at risk.
In that flight, the system was responding to faulty data that suggested the nose was tilted at a higher angle than it was, indicating the plane was at risk of stalling.
The pilots subsequently engaged in a futile tug-of-war with the plane's automatic systems, trying to reverse a nosedive that should not be triggered so soon after takeoff. Boeing has argued that pilots should have identified the system was in operation, and turned it off.
"All pilots should have been trained on that function after Lion Air," Schiavo added. "Boeing did something very unusual for any manufacturer -- it sent out an emergency bulletin and told all airlines to make sure they trained the pilots in the shut-off procedure."
"This is one of the things that should never be happening after takeoff," Schiavo said.
It is too early for conclusions to be drawn as to whether the same issue occurred on the Ethiopian Airlines flight -- but a clue could come sooner rather than later.
"We will not get a final determination for two or three years, but we will get information from the flight recorders -- which I'm guessing will be fairly easy to retrieve -- in a matter of weeks," said CNN anchor Richard Quest, who specializes in aviation.

us.cnn.com/2019/03/10/africa/ethiopian-airlines-crash-boeing-max-8-intl/index.html

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Re: Ethiopian Airlines Crash Is Second Disaster Involving Boeing 737 Max 8 In Months by Abuyasseer: on Fri at 08:05 am
What a tragic,

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Re: Ethiopian Airlines Crash Is Second Disaster Involving Boeing 737 Max 8 In Months by Ijeh pessy: on Sat at 11:50 am
Sad story

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