MAX Preliminary Crash Report Reveals Crew’s Struggle

These 737 MAXs, including MAX 9s for Turkish Airlines, were pictured in temporary storage on the west side of Boeing Field/King County Airport, Washington on April 3. Joe G Walker

A preliminary report by authorities in Ethiopia says the pilots of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8, ET-AVJ (c/n 62450), that crashed on March 10, struggled to control the aircraft through a series of climbs and dives before impacting terrain. The accident, which happened shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa/Bole, claimed the lives of all 157 people on board.

At a press conference on April 4, Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges said: “The crew performed all the procedures repeatedly [that were] provided by the manufacturer but were not able to control the aircraft.”

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