Ethiopian Airlines crash: 'Pitch up, pitch up!'
March 31, 2019 4:05 am
Details have begun to emerge of the final moments of an Ethiopian Airlines flight which crashed three weeks ago.
An anti-stalling system on the plane, a Boeing 737 Max, has been blamed for the disaster which killed all 157 people on board.
Soon after take-off – and just 450ft (137m) above the ground – the aircraft’s nose began to pitch down.
The Wall Street Journal – which says it’s spoken to people close to the ongoing investigation – says the information it has “paints a picture of a catastrophic failure that quickly overwhelmed the flight crew”.
Leaks this week from the crash investigation in Ethiopia and in the US suggest an automatic anti-stall system was activated at the time of the disaster.
The Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) flight-control feature was also implicated in a fatal crash involving a Lion Air flight in Indonesia last October.