Ethiopian Airlines plane crash: Crash similar to this DOOMED Boeing 737 flight, pilot says

The brand new Boeing 737 MAX was on its way to Nairobi, Kenya, from Addis Ababa when it disappeared off the radar at 8:44am (GMT). The airline released a statement saying the airline lost with Bole International Airport six mintues after take off before crashing 60 kilometres South-east of the airport. Former British Airways pilot Alastair Rosenschein said there is likely to be comparisons with the Lion Air Flight 610 crash, with both crashes involving a brand new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

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Focus will be on similarities between this 737 MAX 8 accident shortly after take off and Lion Air accident

Alastair Rosenschein

Mr Rosenschein told Sky News: “The focus will be on the similarities between this 737 MAX 8 accident shortly after take off which the Lion Air accident which happened in October last year.

“And that involved a faulty angle-of-attack sensor and NCS system which is an automated system to recover the aircraft from a stall whereby the nose of the aircraft is lowered automatically.

“In that incident, the crews were not aware that this system existed. It was not in their training manuals.

‘However, the aviation industry doesn’t stand still and Boeing most certainly doesn’t.

Ethiopian Airlines plane crash: Former pilot draws comparison to Lion Air crash in October (Image: Sky News)

“So they will have issued information to crews about this system and they would have taken action to avoid that thing happening again.”

But he added: “It’s impossible to say what caused this accident at this very early stage but these are where the focus will probably initially be.”

The former pilot said it will not be until the aircraft’s two black boxes are recovered before investigators are able to establish the reason for the crash.

Boeing has released a statement and said: “Boeing is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a 737 MAX 8 airplane.

“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board and stand ready to support the Ethiopian Airlines team.

“A Boeing technical team is prepared to provide technical assistance at the request and under the direction of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.”

Search and rescue operations are underway and seven British nationals are understood to have been on board the flight.

The doomed aeroplane made its first flight four months ago and began flying under the commercial airline in November 2018, according to the Aviation Safety Network.

The Lion Air aircraft, which crashed on 29 October 2018, was carrying 189 people when it plummeted into the sea soon after departing from the Indonesian capital Jakarta.

It was the first-ever crash of a Boeing 737 MAX jet.

Flight JT610 had been on its way for the city of Pankal Pinang in Indonesia.

The pilot had asked air traffic control for permission to turn back to the airport but then was lost.

It was the worst airline disaster in Indonesia since 1997, when 234 people died on a Garuda flight near Medan.

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