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Ethiopian Airlines Questions Boeing’s Aggressive Software at Crash Probe

An Ethiopian Airlines leadership questioned whether Boeing had told the pilots about aggressive software that pushes a plane’s nose down, a concentration of investigation into a deadly crash in Ethiopia this month. Remarks by the Chief executive officer and VP of the airline this weekend will fuel an argument on the protection of Boeing’s 737 MAX airplane, a couple of that have crashed in a comparable situation in the last five months. Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s most profitable airline, has vigorously defended its own safety records, training and procedures after the crash on March 10 that murdered 157 people.

Attention has been focused on a software called the Maneuverability Enhancement System, or MCAS, as well as the sensors that activate it. MCAS pushes the plane’s nose down whether it believes it’s ascending at a too steep angle. Following the crash it came to our attention that the system is aggressive, Yohannes Hailemariam, VP for flight operations in Ethiopian, told local reporters talking in the Amharic language. It gives a message of stalling and it can take immediate action that is faster compared to the action that pilots were briefed to take by Boeing, said Yohannes, himself an aviator with more than 30 decades of experience, such as flying Boeing’s 777 and 787.

Boeing has refused to comment on the crash citing principles set out by the Montreal based International Civil Aviation Organization which restrict what people involved, other than the airline, state during a crash investigation. Low Altitude. The Ethiopian Airlines crash along with an October crash by Indonesia’s Lion Air murdered 346 individuals in total and ignited the largest catastrophe in decades for Boeing. The business has dropped about $28 billion from its market share along with the MAX, its best selling plane is currently saddled with questions over orders worth a lot more than $500 billion. In case MCAS activates at low elevation, pilots have little time to react, Yohannes said.

Both crashes between the 737 MAX 8 happened minutes after take off. Yohannes noted that the manufacturer has issued a bulletin to the industry after the Lion Air crash. All pilots and operators understood about MCAS later Boeing disclosed that he explained. The bulletin shows processes on how best to stop it when this occurs, however, it does not have training. The airline followed with personal computer based training that took cockpit team one to 2 hours, Yohannes said.