On Monday, an interim report was published regarding March 2019 Ethiopian Airlines crash. In an investigation, the Ethiopian investigators have revealed that crash caused by design flaws in the Boeing 737 Max plane and not by the performance of the airline or its pilots.
The interim report released on Monday by the Ethiopian Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau comes almost exactly a year after the crash. On March 10, 2019, the Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 MAX went down shortly after departing Addis Ababa, killing 157 people on board. A similar kind of incident occurred just five months before in which a 737 MAX operated by Lion Air Flight 610 crashed into the Java Sea 13 minutes after the takeoff, killing all 189 passengers and crew.
Both the incidents caused a global crisis in Boeing’s history. Several factors have been mentioned in the two crashes, malfunctions related to automated software known as MCAS were listed as key in both accidents. Just before the planes crashed, the aircraft’s noise dropped controllably in the moments before both the planes crashed.
Ethiopian investigators further revealed last April that the crew of Flight 302 repeatedly followed procedures recommended by Boeing but were unable to regain control of the jet. The design of the MCAS system “made it vulnerable to undesirable activation,” said the Monday report.
A Boeing spokesman said in a statement on Monday that the company continued “to extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.”
“Boeing continues to provide technical assistance in support of the investigation, at the request of and under the direction of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board,” the statement read.
“We look forward to reviewing the full details and formal recommendations that will be included in the final report from the Ethiopian Accident Investigation Bureau.” To attend a memorial ceremony at the crash site, relatives of the victims hailing from than 30 countries reached to Ethiopia on Tuesday.