Ethiopian Airlines CEO: Boeing flight system may have triggered crash

Posted March 26, 2019

As a state-owned airline and the flagship carrier for our nation, we carry the torch for the Ethiopian brand around the world. Regulators in China, Europe, Indonesia and Ethiopia quickly grounded the planes; the FAA held off for several days before idling all 737 MAX 8 and 9 planes in the U.S. Investigators have yet to directly assign blame for either crash. American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are offering customers a cushion for how long they can cancel or rebook their flights.

Weeks later, Boeing disclosed the existence of a new flight control system called MCAS, which can push the plane's nose downward in certain circumstances. In the meantime, the Department of Transportation announced Monday it would also look into the process through a special committee led by a former Air Force general and head of the U.S. Transportation Command Gen. Darren McDew and former Air Lines Pilot Association president Capt.

Boeing is now staring at a Ksh5.7 trillion ($57 billion) in case countries decide to cancel orders for the 737 Max 8, which are likely to turn to the competitor, Airbus.

Though the airline has delayed the April delivery of a Boeing 737 MAX until the cause of the Ethiopian Airlines crash is known, Baker said.

Boeing will brief more than 200 global airline pilots, technical leaders and regulators this week on software and training updates for its 737 MAX aircraft, as Ethiopian Airlines expressed confidence in the planemaker despite a recent crash.

However, the decision by KQ to proceed with the Boeing 737 Max 8 jets deal estimated to be worth KSh 120 billion sparked angry reactions from Kenyans who took to social media to express their rage.

Ethiopian Airlines's chief executive Tewolde GebreMariam
KQ Flies On The Boeing 737 Max 8 Plan Amid Safety Concerns

The Indonesian carrier has orders for fifty B737-8s of which only one - PK-GDA (msn 62093) - has thus far been delivered.

The session in Renton, Washington is part of an effort to reach all current, and many future, 737 MAX operators and their home regulators to discuss software and training updates to the jet, Boeing said in a statement.

Mr GebreMariam said, "Let me be clear: Ethiopian Airlines believes in Boeing". Boeing will also activate a cockpit display that shows pilots if the two vanes provide conflicting data, as they did on the doomed Lion Air plane.

The new system is created to push the plane's nose down for no longer than 10 seconds in the event of a detected stall. It's triggered by a signal from a sensor measuring the plane's angle of attack, which is the angle between the wings and the air flow. For instance, the airplane's flight manuals and the pilot training protocols will also have to be updated.

"Given the magnitude of our 737 MAX operations which on average carry nine to twelve thousand customers per day, customers can expect delays in rebooking", the airline said.