Ethiopian transport minister Dagmawit Moges addresses a news conference on the preliminary report to the Ethiopian Airlines ET 302 plane crash in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia April 4, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopian crew ‘did everything right’ before crash – Preliminary report indicates

Ethiopia’s Transport Minister, Dagmawit Moges, on 4 April 2019 presented details from a preliminary report of the crash of the ET302 aircraft on March 10. According to her, the multi-pronged probe body had arrived at four major conclusions and had subsequently presented two safety recommendations to the plane maker, Boeing Inc. The four conclusions according to her pointed to the fact that the airline had done everything right before and during the flight which crashed six minutes after take off. As indicated on the report, the crew obtained the license and qualifications to conduct the flight. The takeoff role appeared very normal, she indicated. despite their hard work and full compliance with the emergency procedures, it was very unfortunate that they could not recover the airplane from the persistence of nose diving, it added. Based on the findings of the investigation, the report recommended aviation authorities to verify that the review of the aircraft control system related to flight controllability has been adequately addressed by the manufactures before release of the aircraft to operation.
According to her information from the black boxes were the main basis of the preliminary report plus other information pieces gathered from the accident site, from the airline and the civil aviation authorities. Parties involved in the prob are Ethiopia Civil Aviation Authority – lead, US National Transport Safety Board, US Federal Aviation Authority, European air safety body, French aviation investigators and Boeing are the main.
Meanwhile, the Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Group acknowledged the preliminary report of the accident of ET 302/10 March, 2019 and appreciated the hard work of the investigation team. The preliminary report clearly showed that the Ethiopian Airlines pilots who were commanding Flight ET 302/10 March have followed the Boeing recommended and FAA approved emergency procedures to handle the most difficult emergency situation created on the airplane, it said in a statement .