Pilots followed emergency procedures: Ethiopian airlines on Flight ET302

Parts of an engine and landing gear lie in a pile after being gathered by workers during the continuing recovery efforts at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302

Parts of an engine and landing gear lie in a pile after being gathered by workers during the continuing recovery efforts at the crash site of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302

Despite their efforts, pilots "were not able to control the aircraft", Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges said.

Ethiopian investigators did not specifically mention the MCAS, but recommended that Boeing review "the aircraft flight control system related to the flight controllability".

A preliminary report issued by the Ethiopian transport ministry cast further doubt on the system controlling the Boeing 737 MAX 8 model, which has been grounded worldwide since nearly a month.

The complaint was filed in US federal court in Chicago by the parents of Samya Stumo, who lawyers said was on a work trip when Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed on March 10 soon after taking off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 on board.

It was grounded globally following the crash, which was the second deadly accident in six months involving the new model after a Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October that killed 189 people.

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.

People from 33 nationalities were on board flight ET 302, which crashed near the town of Bishoftu, 45 kilometres (27 miles) southeast of the Ethiopian capital.

- The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on April 3 it was launching a new review of the 737 MAX. Incorrectly sensing a stall, the aircraft's system tried to force the nose down four separate times during the flight, in the end overpowering the flight crew's ability to keep the airplane climbing.

Thursday's report, based on flight data and cockpit voice recorders on the Ethiopian Airlines jetliner, showed that a faulty sensor on the plane touched off a series of events that caused the pilots to lose control of the plane.

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The Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), which Boeing installed to prevent stalling of an aeroplane, would recieve a software fix according to Boeing, which announced it last month.

"We remain confident in the fundamental safety of the 737 MAX", CEO Dennis Muilenburg said in a statement.

Boeing is facing several lawsuits, including seven filed in Chicago earlier by one law firm alone, claiming the flight-control system was defective and that Boeing failed to warn airlines about it or fully train pilots.

The MCAS system is meant to compensate for this by overriding the pilot and forcing the plane's nose down, if data from an "angle of attack" (AOA) - sensor indicates the jet's nose is too high. A final report could take as long as a year to produce. We're nearing completion and anticipate its certification and implementation on the 737 MAX fleet worldwide in the weeks ahead.

"We are very proud of our pilots' compliances to follow the emergency procedures and high level of professional performances in such extremely hard situations", he said.

It isn't known when the Ethiopian government plans to publicly release the report.

The MCAS is believed to have been a key factor in both 737 Max crashes.

A person with knowledge of the aircraft said the system can not re-activate itself unless prompted by pilots.

Recognizing a problem with the automatic trim, the pilots followed emergency procedures and turned off the system.

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    The newspaper cited sources close to the crash investigation, as well as airline executives and pilots. Ethiopian Airlines is Africa's largest carrier and in many ways the worldwide face of the nation.

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