POfficials probing the crash in Ethiopia of a Boeing 737 Max have preliminarily concluded that a flight-control feature automatically activated before it crashed, the Wall Street Journal says.
The newspaper, citing unnamed sources, says the findings were relayed on Thursday at a briefing at the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
flight-control feature is meant to help prevent the plane from stalling.
it could not comment as the investigation was still under way.
It said all
inquiries should be referred to the investigating authorities. The BBC has
approached the FAA for a response.
Ethiopia’s Ministry of Transport said: “We have seen the WSJ report. We’ll
saw what is thought to be the first lawsuit filed on the crash.
Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) flight-control feature
was also implicated in a fatal crash by Lion Air flight in Indonesia last year.
two crashes have claimed 346 lives.
software designed to help prevent the 737 Max 8 from stalling.
when sensors in the nose of the aircraft show the jet is climbing at too steep
an angle, which can cause planes to stall.
investigation of the Lion Air flight last year suggested the system
malfunctioned, and forced the plane’s nose down more than 20 times before it
crashed into the sea, killing all 189 passengers and crew.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says there are similarities between that
crash and the Ethiopian accident on 10 March.
redesigned the software so that it will disable MCAS if it receives conflicting
data from its sensors.
As part of
the upgrade, Boeing will install an extra warning system on all 737 Max
aircraft, which was previously an optional safety feature.
the planes, operated by Lion Air in Indonesia and Ethiopian Airlines, that were
involved in the fatal crashes carried the alert systems, which are designed to
warn pilots when sensors produce contradictory readings.
week, Boeing said that the upgrades were not an admission that the system had
caused the crashes.
have not yet determined the cause of the accidents.
report from Ethiopian authorities is expected within days.
The report comes a day after a lawsuit was filed in a Chicago federal court by the family of one of the victims of the Ethiopian crash, Jackson Musoni, a citizen of Rwanda. –BBC
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