Boeing sued over Ethiopian Airlines crash

Boeing sued over Ethiopian Airlines crash

Boeing sued over Ethiopian Airlines crash

Three people briefed on the matter told Reuters on Friday that an anti-stall system at the centre of a probe into the Lion Air 737 MAX crash was also at play in the Ethiopian accident.

The conversation happened when the plane was just 450ft (137m) off the ground as the aircraft begun to point downwards, according to the paper.

This comes after the WSJ reported on Friday that the plane's anti-stall system, created to automatically correct the jet's direction if a sensor detects the aircraft is tilting up, had been activated before the Boeing 737 MAX 8 crash, which killed all 157 people on board.

The Ethiopian Airlines jet took off from Addis Ababa on March 10 and ran into trouble nearly immediately, the Journal reported.

BBC reported that the flights crashed only six minutes into the flight.

The plane's black boxes were handed to France's BEA air safety agency, which is working with American and Ethiopian investigators to determine what went wrong.

The Wall Street Journal, citing people close to the ongoing investigation, says it has information which "paints a picture of a catastrophic failure that quickly overwhelmed the flight crew".

A man carries a piece of debris on his head at the crash site of a Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines flight near Bishoftu, a town some 60 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 10 March 2019.

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Leaks this week from the crash investigation in Ethiopia and in the United States suggest an automatic anti-stall system was activated at the time of the disaster.

Aside from the tragedies of all the casualties, the two crashes have been major blows to aviation giant Boeing, triggering the U.S. manufacturer's biggest crisis in decades with the MAX 8 model grounded worldwide.

Boeing has redesigned the software so that it will disable the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System if it receives conflicting data from its sensors.

Federal prosecutors have asked Boeing to clarify their disclosures on the 737 Max's stall-prevention system.

The pilot had tried repeatedly to regain control and pull the nose up, but the plane crashed into the sea.

Boeing is also seeing its own expenses rise, although it would not disclose how much it is costing the company to make the software fix and also train pilots how to use it.

Earlier this week, Boeing said that the upgrades were not an admission that the system had caused the crashes.

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