Ethiopian crashed plane findings disproved pilot error reports

Ethiopia Airlines today issued statement on the findings of the recently crashed Boeing 737 Max-8, which disproved media reports of pilot’s error.

Ethiopian said the preliminary report clearly showed that the Ethiopian Airlines Pilots who were commanding Flight ET 302/10 March have followed the Boeing recommended and FAA approved emergency procedures to handle the most difficult emergency situation created on the airplane.

Ethiopian Minister of Transport Dagmawit Moges told journalists this morning that the preliminary findings of the investigation has reached the following four conclusions.

  • The aircraft had passed airworthiness test and was fit for the journey.
  • The crew had the licensed qualification to operate the flight
  • The takeoff role was normal
  • All manufacturer’s procedures of Boeing were used but the crew was unable to control the flight

It is recalled that using anonymous sources some international media houses such as the New York Times and Reuters, among others have been reporting questioning the pilot’s qualifications to fly the airplane.

“Despite their hard work and full compliance with theemergency procedures, it was very unfortunate that they could not recover the airplanefrom the persistence of nose diving. As the investigation continues with more detailedanalysis, as usual we will continue with our full cooperation with the investigation team,” Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement issued this morning.

“All of us at Ethiopian Airlines are stillgoing through deep mourning for the loss of our loved ones and we would like toexpress our deep sympathy and condolences for the families, relatives and friends ofthe victims. Meanwhile; we are very proud of our pilots’ compliances to follow the emergency procedures and high level of professional performances in such extremely difficult situations,” said Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam.

“We are also very proud of our Global standard Pilot Training Centerand the Ethiopian Aviation Academy which is one of the largest and most modern inthe world equipped with state of the art and latest training technologies. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our valued customers, the travelling public, themedia and Global aviation professionals for the remarkably high level of vote of confidences and strong support that you have been giving us starting from the day of this tragic accident. We will double our efforts every single day to win your confidence and earn your business.”

“Your Safety will remain our top most priority and we willcontinue to work together with our partners around the world to make air travel saferand more comfortable. My highest appreciation also goes to my 16, 000 colleagues atEthiopian Airlines for their resilience, high standards of professionalism and their continued commitment for operational excellence and their award winning customer services which enabled us to continue our business with out any operational disruption,flight delays nor flight cancellations,” he said.