- A Boeing 737 MAX 8 operated by the Ethiopian Airlines crashed after 6 minutes of take-off
- The same model was flown by the Lion Air when they had a plane crash just 4 months ago in Indonesia
- The investigation about the Boeing 737 MAX 8 model is still ongoing
A Boeing 737 MAX 8 headed to Nairobi that was operated by the Ethiopian Airlines crashed after 6 minutes of take-off from Addis Adaba. KAMI learned that the same plane model was the one used by the Lion Air when their aircraft crashed off the coast of Indonesia last October that killed around 189 people.
According to a report by the Reuters, US plane maker, Boeing, had a major decline with shares following the recent plane crash of Ethiopian Airlines. Boeing released their MAX 8 in 2017 as the newest version of their 50-year-old 737 model.
Both plane crashes were deemed as “highly unusual” and both went down just a few minutes after take-off. In a previous report by KAMI, the Lion Air Flight JT610 was headed to Pangkal Pinang and just 13 minutes of take-off, their jet went down.
Boeing said that they were “deeply saddened” by the tragic incident that happened on Sunday. They added that they will be assisting with the investigation.
Investigators said that the pilots of the planes that crashed were struggling to operate the automated system which was a part of the Boeing 737 MAX 8’s new feature that was supposed to avoid the plane from stalling. The anti-stalling system feature has been reported to force the plane’s nose down even if the pilots had been trying to correct it.
However, it has not been confirmed yet if the anti-stalling system is the main cause of the crash. Ethiopian Airlines said that they will continue to use their Boeing 737 MAX 8s until they know the main reason of the tragic incident, while other airlines have conducted their own investigation and even grounded the 737 MAX 8 from flying.
In addition, the recent plane crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 killed around 157 people on board. According to a report by the BBC, the visibility during the accident was good. However, the vertical speed was seen unstable after take-off.
There were more than 30 nationalities boarded in the flight including 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, 9 Ethiopians and then 8 Italians, Chinese, and Americans. There were also 7 Britain and French passengers, 6 Egyptians and 5 Germans. It was also reported that around 19 of the victims were affiliated with the United Nations.
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