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Ethiopian pilots of the Boeing 737 Max 8 vindicated
14. April 2019 at 09:00
Despite the hard-work and full compliance strength level with Boeing recommended and FAA approved emergency procedural measures, it was grossly unfortunate that Yared Getachew alongside his co-pilot couldn't rescue the Max 737 from persistently nose diving despite their ceaseless effort commanding the right sensors program.

Ethiopian Pilot of the Boeing 737 Max 8 vindicated

Sequel to speculations and on the spot analysis of the Boeing 737 Max 8 flight whose crash occurred March 10th, 2019, claiming the lives of all 157 on board members, preliminary reports as released by an investigative panel April 4th, 2019, revealed so much as it underscores the possible resultant of the ET 302 crash en-route Addis Ababa to Nairobi. While exonerating the heroics try of the pilots whose brave attempt to save the day was seriously hampered by a malfunctioning of the Max 737 command sensory system, the report was basically silent on the exact specifics cause of the crash.


Despite the hard-work and full compliance strength level with Boeing recommended and FAA approved emergency procedural measures, it was grossly unfortunate that Yared Getachew alongside his co-pilot couldn't rescue the Max 737 from persistently nose diving despite their ceaseless effort commanding the right sensors program.


According to the preliminary investigative reports, Ethiopian Airline pilots flew by the books, obeyed Boeing emergency protocols on the Boeing 737 Max flight that was barely five months old but alas, the MCAS flew the ET 302 aground.


“The crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer but was not able to control the aircraft.”


Indeed, the news sent shock waves through the spines of global airline operators as the event left serious scars on the internal standard mechanism on the victim "airliner" whose airline was the first in the Africa continent to set her plane through the skies en-route Addis Ababa to Cairo on April 8, 1946. It was a site of saddened glance for the Ethiopian Air-carrier whose brand name reckons firmly as the largest and most successful international airport in Africa with a great percentage of high safety standard and compliance ethoses. Though the preliminary report may have exonerated the Utopian aviation standard and safety procedures of the Ethiopian Airliner, it however leaves a big question mark on the absolute credibility of Boeing manufactured Max plane (most especially Max 8 and 9) whose production dates is barely eight months old prior to the march 10th crash. It could be recalled that in October of 2018, a Lion-air flight 610 of same Boeing Manufactured Max 737 crashed along the Atlantic few minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 passengers on board. Flight recorders also pointed causative effects attributing same largely to the Maneuvering Augmentation Characteristics System (MCAS).


According to the Boeing’s CEO Dennis Muilenburg "These tragedies continue to weigh heavily on our hearts and minds, and we extend our sympathies to the loved ones of the passengers and crew on board Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302," he said in a statement.


While the preliminary report did not give a direct face-on cause of the crash, digital flight recorders and cock pit recorders revealed the going-on conversations between the pilots as they tried effortlessly to restore command control. In lieu to this, Boeing has cut down her production strength of her Max planes drastically while 8 and 9 Max 737 production remains in a cooler until it can be reasonably vetted by the FAA in all holistic measures for safe flight along the skies.


Though, the preliminary reports didn’t assign blames, but it sure will raise the spectacle of Boeing and all other aviation regulators who initially gave a green-lit to the flown model. An events which will hunt the conscience of Boeing and her regulators as long as history exists. No doubt, history remains a kind remembrance of events.


A final reports on the crash is expected but may likely take a year before a conclusion is made on the actuality of what really crashed the ET 302 even though the released preliminary reports gives a faint sense of what might have led to the sad event that killed over 30 nationals on board. 


What is the MCAS: Maneuvering Augmentation Characteristic System is an anti- stall software largely intended to override both the aerodynamics attitude of the aircraft and that of the pilots if data from the AOA (angle of attack) sensor's system attributes the nose of the aircraft as extremely too upward, steeply low, or at a risk of stalling. The MCAS basically in an automated fashion commands the nose of the aircraft a bit down to a level of safety.


The new Max 737 model unlike all previous Boeing make model has a better advanced and improved engine design. This makes it more fuel efficient with a larger physical presence when compared to her previous models. With more infused technological software, the new Boeing 737 Max 8 passes for a state of the art aircraft challenge. Given the Max 737 design, it has a tendency of facing the sky with its nose a bit upward when in flight. Now, what the MCAS sensor does here is to monitor this nose movement and correct any flight nose anomalies through her controlled installed software. But in the case of the crash Boeing 737 Max 8, the controlled sensors functioned abnormally as it sent the wrong signal information to the MCAS telling same the aircraft nose is high while it's not, hence, a continual and uncontrolled down ward aircraft pull regardless of the right command from pilots. The MCAS followed through as her software applications sent a wrong perception despite the right command structure by the pilots. The crash was fatal and the deaths a colossal loss.



See statement by the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines April 4th;

“All of us at Ethiopian Airlines are still going through deep mourning for the loss of our loved ones and we would like to express our deep sympathy and condolences for the families, relatives and friends of the victims. Meanwhile; we are very proud of our pilots’ compliances to follow the emergency procedures and high level of professional performances in such extremely difficult situations.”

 

“We are also very proud of our Global standard Pilot Training Center and the Ethiopian Aviation Academy which is one of the largest and most modern in the world equipped with state of the art and latest training technologies.”

 

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our valued customers, the travelling public, the media and Global aviation professionals for the remarkably high level of a vote of confidences and strong support that you have been giving us starting from the day of this tragic accident.”

 

“We will double our efforts every single day to win your confidence and earn your business. Your Safety will remain our top most priority and we will continue to work together with our partners around the world to make air travel safer and more comfortable.”

 

“My highest appreciation also goes to my 16, 000 colleagues at Ethiopian Airlines for their resilience, high standards of professionalism and their continued commitment for operational excellence and their award-winning customer services which enabled us to continue our business without any operational disruption, flight delays or flight cancellations.”

 

CEO of the Ethiopian Airlines Group Tewolde GebreMariam


Cite This Article As: Dickson Eyinmosan Jnr. "Ethiopian pilots of the Boeing 737 Max 8 vindicated ." International Youth Journal, 14. April 2019.

Link To Article: https://youth-journal.org/ethiopian-pilots-of-the-boeing-737-max-8-vindicated





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