Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Initial Crash Findings Released

Boeing 737 MAX
Boeing 737 MAX. Courtesy of Australian Aviation

The flight data and cockpit voice recorders from Ethiopian Airlines 302, which crashed on March 10, were taken to France. The data has been recovered from both recorders by the Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses (BEA).

The BEA released the following press release earlier today:

One thing to note is that the doomed Ethiopian flight behaved in a similar fashion as Lion Air 610, which crashed six months prior. At the time of the Lion Air crash, Boeing released a statement defending the 737 MAX. This led to back and forth between Indonesian authorities and the United States based company.

All of the 737 MAX aircraft are grounded worldwide until a good fix is in place. The grounding of the fleet is necessary to prevent another mishap. In addition to the 737 MAX crashes, a Boeing 767 crashed near Houston.

One aircraft lost is too many, three lost is unacceptable.  Boeing has to identify a permanent fix for the aircraft.

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