Ethiopia Finds 'Clear Similarities' Between 2 Boeing 737 MAX 8 Crashes

Ethiopia Finds 'Clear Similarities' Between 2 Boeing 737 MAX 8 Crashes

There are "clear similarities" between the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people last week and the Lion Air crash in October, which involved the same aircraft.

A 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed shortly after take-off on March 10, killing all 157 on board.

As investigators are trying to determine the reasons behind the crashes of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes in the last half year, United States authorities are conducting a probe into how potentially flawed planes received permission to fly.

Dagmawit said the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board also was involved in the analysis.

Lion Air's MCAS was reportedly set off multiple time before the crash, according to The Times, and it's been theorized that a faulty sensor could have triggered the system incorrectly, causing the accident.

MCAS was introduced by Boeing on the 737 Max 8 because of the heavier, more fuel-efficient engines, which changed the aerodynamic qualities of the workhorse aircraft and can cause the plane's nose to pitch up in certain conditions during manual flight.

On Friday, France's air safety agency began studying data from the black boxes of a Boeing 737 MAX plane that crashed in Ethiopia minutes after takeoff from Addis.

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Boeing however, said that it would still continue building the planes which came as a good news for thousands of the company's employees - machinists, technical employees and supervisors - who work on the assembly line in Renton, Washington, CNN reported.

In both cases flight tracking data showed the aircraft's altitude had fluctuated sharply, as the planes seemed to experience erratic climbs and descents.

Boeing has been working on a software upgrade for an anti-stall system and pilot displays on the 737 MAX, its fastest-selling jetliner, following the deadly Lion Air crash, and has said it was updating pilot training as well.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam has previously said the pilot of Flight 302 had "flight control problems" shortly before the plane crashed.

The 737 Max 8 and 9 have been grounded worldwide since the Ethiopia crash.

The report identified several flaws with the assessment, including understating the power of the new flight control system, failing to account for how the system could reset itself each time a pilot responded, and assessing a failure of the system as one level below "catastrophic".

Regulators across the world have banned the Boeing 737 Max from using airports or flying across their airspace due to concerns about passenger safety.

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