Ethiopian Airlines has released a preliminary report on the deadly crash of ET 302, placing the blame squarely on Boeing.
At a news conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s Minister of Transportation Dagmawit Moges leveled this damning assertion:
The crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer but was not able to control the aircraft.
In a statement on Twitter, Ethiopian elaborated:
The preliminary report clearly showed that the Ethiopian Airlines pilots who were commanding flight ET 302 followed the Boeing recommended and FAA approved emergency procedures to handle the most difficult emergency situation created on the airplane. Despite all their hard work and full compliance with emergency procedures, it was very unfortunate that they could not recover the airplane from the persistence of nose-diving,
Moges’s recommendations include Boeing reviewing the aircraft control system and strict regulatory oversight before allowing any 737 MAX into the air again.
Since repetitive uncommanded aircraft nose down conditions are noticed … it is recommend that the aircraft control system shall be reviewed by the manufacturer.
We are still waiting for the full release of the preliminary report.
The question remains…and continues to remain…whether the plane crashed due to a faulty Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) or because the pilots did not know how to handle the MCAS system. That question may never be unequivocally answered. But Ethiopian’s preliminary report strikes a blow against Boeing.