- A new report has revealed how excess speed and hasty commands from pilots led to the crash of Ethiopian jet
- Contrary to a preliminary investigation by Ethiopian authorities, the emerging report also showed how bird strike likely led to the disaster
- Reuters also reported that a data flow indicated that the jet was hit by a bird strike, which affected the airspeed information
Contrary to the report of preliminary investigations by the Ethiopian authorities, excess speed by the pilot and hasty command have been identified as possible factors responsible for the crash of the Boeing Max 737 jet.
Briefly.co.za recalls that the narrow-shaped plan crashed on Sunday, 10 March, seven minutes after taking off, killing all the 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard.
The disaster has generated safety concerns with countries including Mexico, South Africa, China and Brazil grounding their Max 737 jets.
Ethiopian minister of transport, Dagmawit Moges, while giving an update report on the terrible incidents at a news conference on Thursday, 4 April, said the crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer but was not able to control the aircraft.
But the full picture of what happened in the cockpit of Flight 302 on 10 March and a newly-released data plot have showed how crew and technology interacted in haste, which led to attempts to control damage.
According to Reuters, the airline’s youngest-ever captain, a 29-year-old, who had an impressive 8,100 hours flying time, and 25-year-old co-pilot might have made a crucial mistake by leaving the engines at full take-off power, as suggested by data and other pilots.
Quoting a U.S. pilot who declined to be named, Reuters reported that “power being left in take-off power while leveling off at that speed'' may have been a major factor responsible for the disaster.
The pilot was also reported to have shouted out “pull up” three times, while the co-pilot reported the problem to air traffic control at a point it was certain that the aircraft’s speed remained abnormally high.
A data flow, according to the report, indicated that the jet was also hit by a bird strike, which affected the airspeed information amid pressure.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that one Nigerian and at least 32 Kenyans were among the victims of the ill-fated Sunday, 10 March, Boeing 737-800 MAX plane crash belonging to Ethiopian Airline.
A spokesperson for the airline, Asrat Begashaw, said the gory accident killed one Nigerian, 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, six Egyptians, nine Ethiopians, seven French, eight Americans and seven Britons, among other nationalities.
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