A faulty safety feature caused the 2019 crash of Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-8 Max aeroplane which killed 157 people, Ethiopian authorities have said in their final report.
On March 10, 2019, the aircraft flying from Addis Ababa to Nairobi crashed immediately after takeoff, killing all passengers and crew.
A final report on the accident concluded nothing was wrong before takeoff.
and the crash was due to a safety feature failure, said Dagmawit Moges, Ethiopian Minister of Transport and Logistics.
“The aeroplane’s Left Angle of Attack (AOA) sensor failed immediately after takeoff, sending erroneous data to the flight control system.
“The erroneous data, in turn, triggered the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).
“MCAS repeatedly pitched the nose of the plane down to the point the pilots lost control,” state-run Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) quotes Moges as saying.
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AOA sensors on the aircraft tell MCAS to automatically point the nose of plane down if it is in danger.
The MCAS is an automated safety feature on the 737 Max 8.
It was designed to prevent the plane from entering into a stall or losing lift.
Moges noted that the authorities built the final report upon earlier preliminary and interim reports previously released.
The incident prompted Ethiopia’s flag carrier and many other airlines worldwide to ground Boeing 737 MAX jets.
In February, the Ethiopian flag carrier flew its Boeing 737 MAX jet for the first time since the tragic incident. (Xinhua)
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