Ethiopian 737 Max Had ‘Flight Control’ Issues Immediately After Takeoff

By Anna Breuer on 15 March 2019
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IMG_9307The pilot of the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft that crashed on Sunday faced problems almost immediately after takeoff, an individual who had the opportunity to review air-traffic communications between the captain and controllers told the New York Times.

Within one minute of departure, the pilot calmly reported a “flight control” issue with the aircraft. Minutes later, in a panicked voice, the captain requested a return to the airport.

“Break break, request back to home,” said Captain Yared Getachew, an experienced pilot, reportedly said to air traffic controllers, “Request vector for landing.”

Air traffic controllers reportedly said that the aircraft at that point was moving up and down hundreds of feet and approaching a dangerously fast speed.

Meanwhile, other credible reports are stating that the aircraft’s jackscrew, which helps raise or lower the plane’s nose, was found in a position indicating that the plane was likely to dive.

Ethiopian Flight 302 crashed just minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday morning, en route to Nairobi. All 157 on board – including eight Americans and 18 Canadians – perished in the crash, which took place near Bishofu, southeast of the Ethiopian capital.

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