Flight data from the Ethiopian Airlines disaster a week ago suggest “clear similarities” with a crash off Indonesia last October, Ethiopia’s transport minister has said.
were Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.
the Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all
157 people on board.
Minister Dagmawit Moges told journalists that a preliminary report would be
released within 30 days.
similarities were noted between Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Indonesian
Lion Air Flight 610, which would be the subject of further study during the
investigation,” Ms Dagmawit told journalists on Sunday.
In both cases
flight tracking data showed the aircraft’s altitude had fluctuated sharply, as
the planes seemed to experience erratic climbs and descents.
Chairman and CEO Dennis Muilenburg later reaffirmed that the company was
supporting the investigation.
statement, he added that Boeing was going ahead with a software update that
will address the behaviour of the flight control system “in response to
erroneous sensor inputs”.
Sunday, ceremonies took place both in Kenya and Ethiopia to honour the victims.
people gathered in the Holy Trinity cathedral in Addis Ababa where empty
coffins were draped in the national flag. None of the bodies has yet been
formally identified because of the impact.
Airlines Flight 302 took off from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on the
morning of March 10, bound for Nairobi in Kenya.
the flight, the pilot reported difficulties and asked to return.
was said to be good but air traffic monitor Flightradar24 said the plane’s
“vertical speed was unstable after take-off”.
at the scene told the BBC there was an intense fire as the aircraft hit the
safety investigators examined the flight data recorder and cockpit voice
recorder – or black boxes as they are often called – and have handed over their
findings to their Ethiopian counterparts.
On October 29
Lion Air Flight 610 crashed after taking off from Jakarta airport, killing 189
later identified problems with the anti-stall system, which is designed to stop
a plane from pointing upwards at too high an angle where it could lose its
During flight JT610, the system repeatedly forced the plane’s nose down, even when the plane was not stalling – possibly due to a faulty sensor. –BBC
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