THE black box from the Boeing jet that crashed and killed all 157 people on board will be sent overseas for analysis but no country has been chosen, an Ethiopian Airlines spokesman said on Wednesday, as much of the world grounded or barred the plane model and grieving families arrived at the disaster site. In an interview with ‘The Associated Press’, Asrat Begashaw said the airline has “a range of options” for the data and voice records of the flight’s last moments. “What we can say is we don’t have the capability to probe it here in Ethiopia,” he said. An airline official has said one recorder was partially damaged. The Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft crashed six minutes after takeoff on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. The disaster is the second with a Max 8 plane in just five months. While some aviation experts have warned against drawing conclusions until more information on the latest crash.
Ethiopian Air pilot faced flight control issues
THE pilot of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 told air traffic controllers that he was having control problems before the Boeing 737 Max 8 jet crashed, according to an account of cockpit voice recordings from the airlines Chief Executive Tewolde GebreMariam. The pilot did not mention bird strikes or external problems, but requested permission to return to Bole Airport in Addis Ababa within minutes of takeoff on Sunday. The pilot “reported back to air traffic controllers that he was having flight control problems”, but cited no other issues, said GebreMariam.