Ethiopian Airlines CEO reveals what pilot reported before crash

Ethiopian Airlines CEO reveals what pilot reported before crash

The Ethiopian Airlines plane was carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members, from 35 countries, when it took a nose dive six minutes after leaving the airport in Addis Ababa.

The airline is planning to send the 737 Max 8 plane's flight data recorder to Europe rather than the USA for analysis, he said.

But he says more questions need to be answered.

GebreMariam also told reporters at a press conference that the pilot in contact with air traffic controlhad reported technical difficulties, and later elaborated to CNN that he reported "flight control problems".

The tragedy on Sunday had a wider impact because the UN staffers-enroute from Addis Ababa to Nairobi for the Fourth UN Environment Assembly March 11-15-were from 12 UN agencies and peacekeeping missions, plus representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs).

As noted earlier, dozens of countries, including Britain, France, Germany, India, Belgium and Ireland, announced Tuesday that they will ban the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircrafts from entering their air-space. "However, this investigation has just begun and to date we have not been provided data to draw any conclusions or take any actions".

Following that tragic crash, Ethiopia, China, Indonesia and Australia have all suspended the use of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, with reports suggesting possible software changes by Boeing were not communicated to pilots worldwide.

The US aviation regulator said on Tuesday it would not ground Boeing Co 737 MAX planes after the crash, bucking a trend of countries around the world that have suspended the aircraft's operations. Several American airlines have the plane in their fleet, including Southwest, which has more MAX 8s than any carrier other in the world.

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"DNA work has not started yet", Begashaw said.

There is no evidence yet whether the two crashes are linked. And Nikki Haley, Trump's former United Nations ambassador, has been nominated to join Boeing's board.

This is the second crash involving the same model after a Lion Air Flight crashed in Indonesia on 29 October 2018, killing 189 people.

Little is known about the Ethiopian Airlines pilots flying the jet on Sunday morning.

Mavropoulos said he was rebooked to Nairobi, where the flight was headed, but a few hours later while he was waiting for the plane, security stopped him to speak to him.

"He asked to return back to base and he was given clearance...that was at 8:44 am, the same time the aeroplane disappeared from the radar", he said.

Since the news of the crash, China has made a decision to ground all of its 737 fleet, joining Ethiopian Airlines which grounded its similar fleet soon after the accident.

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