Ethiopian Airlines 737 crash report expected Thursday

Acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration Daniel Elwell and Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board Robert Sumwalt testify during a Senate Commerce Subcommittee

Acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration Daniel Elwell and Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board Robert Sumwalt testify during a Senate Commerce Subcommittee

- Outlining the findings of a preliminary report into the Ethiopian crash, investigators on April 4 urged Boeing to review its flight control technology and said the crew had carried out the correct procedures.

Speaking to journalists in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, Ms Moges said Boeing should review the aircraft control system and aviation authorities need to confirm the problem has been solved before allowing that model of plane back into the air.

Faulty sensor readings and multiple automatic commands to push down the nose of a Boeing plane contributed to last month's fatal crash in Ethiopia, leaving the crew struggling to regain control, according to a preliminary accident report.

On March 10, 157 people on board an Ethiopian Airlines flight - a Boeing 737 MAX jet - lost their lives after their flight crashed just a few minutes after take-off from Adis Ababa.

USA regulators last month ordered Boeing to make urgent improvements to the best-selling jet involved in a deadly Ethiopia plane crash as investigators worked to piece together the aircraft's final moments.

The UAE has accepted an invitation to join the US Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) review panel on the Boeing 737 MAX, a senior official told Reuters on Thursday.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which has come under fire over the way it made a decision to certify the plane and its so-called MCAS anti-stall software, cautioned the investigation had not yet concluded.

Typically, a preliminary report from air crash investigators doesn't seek to find fault.

Boeing said on Wednesday it had successfully tested an update of MCAS software created to make it easier to handle.

If the Ethiopian pilots followed all of Boeing's procedures and disengaged the MCAS but the plane still crashed, the company has some explaining to do, he said.

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They turned the system back on and tried other actions before the plane crashed, the paper said, citing anonymous sources.

This was reportedly due to anti-stall software being re-engaged onboard, which pushed the plane downwards once the pilots turned it off.

But the latest comments from Ethiopian officials suggest that pilots could not regain control, despite following procedures recommended by Boeing.

The 737 Max family of aircraft was grounded following the Ethiopian Airlines crash, a move affecting more than 300 planes.

- Experts believe a new flight control system, MCAS, on the jets, created to stop stalling by dipping the nose, may have been a factor in both accidents, with pilots unable to override it as their jets plunged after a faulty sensor indicated a stall.

Boeing is the focus of investigations by the Justice Department, the Transportation Department's inspector general, and congressional committees.

"As the investigation continues with more detailedanalysis, as usual we will continue with our full cooperation with the investigation team", Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement issued this morning.

This last finding casts serious doubt on the adequacy of the emergency procedures Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration directed pilots to follow after the first crash.

A directive issued after the Indonesian crash instructed pilots to use two cut-out switches to disengage the system in the event of problems and then leave them switched off.

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