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Ethiopian crash captain untrained on 737 MAX simulator, says colleague

The captain of a doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight, Yared Getachew, was unable to practice on a new simulator for the Boeing 737 MAX 8 before he died in a crash with 157 others, a pilot colleague said.

Getachew, 29, was due for refresher training at the end of March, his colleague said, two months after Ethiopian Airlines received the simulator.

The March 10 disaster, following another MAX 8 crash in Indonesia in October, has set off one of the biggest inquiries in aviation history. The inquiries focused on whether pilots were sufficiently versed on a new automated system.

In both cases, the pilots lost control soon after take-off and fought a losing battle to stop their jets plunging down. In the Ethiopian crash, it was not clear if Yared’s colleague – First Officer Ahmednur Mohammed, 25, who also died in the crash – had practised on the new MAX simulator.

Globally, most commercial airline pilots refresh training in simulators every six months. It was not clear if Yared or Ahmednur would have been trained on the new simulator or an older one for 737s that their airline also owned.

The MAX, which came into service two years ago, has a new automated system called MCAS (Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System). It is meant to prevent a loss of lift, which can cause an aerodynamic stall, sending the plane downwards in an uncontrolled way. “Boeing did not send manuals on MCAS,’’ the Ethiopian Airlines pilot told Reuters in a hotel lobby, declining to give his name as staff have been told not to speak in public.

“Actually, we know more about the MCAS system from the media than from Boeing.’’ Under unprecedented scrutiny and with its MAX fleet grounded worldwide, the world’s largest planemaker has said airlines were given guidance on how to respond to the activation of MCAS software.

It is also promising a swift update to the system. Ethiopian Airlines declined to comment on the remarks of its pilot to Reuters about the simulator and MCAS system. (Reuters/NAN). Src: vanguardngr and Boeing

“We are yet to take delivery of Boeing 737 MAX 8 Order” – Air Peace Nigeria

Following the recent cras of a Boeing B737 MAX 8 plane belonging to the Ethiopian Airways, Air Peace has made it clear to the aviation public that it is yet to take delivery of the Boeing B737 MAX 8 fleet of 10 aircraft.

The Management made to known via an official communication that is now available online,in its official webpage.

The letter urged members of the public to remain confident in the capacity of the aviation regulatory authorities and the technical capabilities of the Boeing group to deliver a technically sound and satisfactory product that will address the current challenge.

The official communications is attached below:

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Source: Air Peace Website

Lion Air: How could a brand new plane crash? – Crash similar to Ethiopia Air

Lion Air flight JT 610 has crashed into the sea, with nearly 190 people on board, shortly after taking off from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

A lot of attention has focused on the fact the plane, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, was brand new. This is the first major incident involving that kind of plane.

Details so far have been scant and the cause will not be confirmed until a full investigation has been carried out.

Plane crashes are often the result of a combination of factors – both technical and human – but could the fact that the plane was so new have played any part?

More details on Lion Air

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 has only been in commercial use since 2017. Budget carrier Lion Air said in July it was “very proud” to be the first in Indonesia to deploy the plane, and that it had ordered as many as 218 units.

The plane involved in Monday’s incident has only been in operation since 15 August.

It had logged only 800 hours of flight time, according to the head of the National Transportation Safety Commission, Soerjanto Tjahjano.

The pilot is reported to have radioed air traffic control in Jakarta asking for permission to turn back, shortly after taking off.

Now it has emerged that the plane had some technical problems on Sunday on its penultimate flight.

A technical log obtained by the BBC for that flight – from Denpasar airport in Bali to Jakarta – suggests that the airspeed reading on the captain’s instrument was unreliable, and the altitude readings differed on the captain’s and first officer’s instruments.

As a result of the problem, the captain handed over control of the plane to the first officer, the crew continued their flight and they landed safely at Jakarta.

Lion Air have not confirmed the report, but this may have been the unspecified “technical problem” that the company’s chief executive said the plane’s Denpasar to Jakarta flight had suffered from.

Edward Sirait said that this problem had been “resolved according to procedure”.

He added that Lion Air was currently operating 11 aircraft of the same model. He said there were no plans to ground the rest of the planes.

‘Snags’ sorted quickly
Aviation analyst Gerry Soejatman told the BBC that usually it is old aircraft that are at the highest risk of accidents but that there can also be problems with very new ones.

“If it’s very new there are sometimes snags that only reveal themselves after they are [used routinely],” he said. “These usually get sorted [within] the first three months.”

source: [flighttradar24] [bbc]
Lion Air flight JT 610 plan crash

The plane would have hit the three-month mark in just a few weeks. Another analyst, Jon Ostrower of aviation publication The Air Current, said there were “always new teething issues… that’s common, but a far cry from something that would threaten the safety of an aeroplane”.

He added that new planes generally “enjoy a maintenance holiday because everything is so new, not the reverse”.

Both analysts said it was too early to draw definitive conclusions about what had gone wrong with Flight JT 610.

“I don’t know what would make a plane this new crash,” Mr Ostrower said. “There are so many different factors that can contribute to an accident like this.”

Mr Soejatman said he believed it was “likely to be technical issues that caused it but it’s still very early days”.

“We can really [only determine the cause] when we get more information,” he said.

Indonesia’s poor aviation safety record, though, has other experts believing that factors such as human error or poor oversight are more likely to be behind Monday’s tragedy.

Boeing has said it is “deeply saddened” by the loss of the plane. It sent its sympathies to the victims’ families and said it would co-operate with the investigation. According to Boeing, the 737 MAX series is the fastest-selling plane in its history, and has accumulated almost 4,700 orders. The MAX 8 has been ordered by airlines including American Airlines, United Airlines, Norwegian and FlyDubai. source: bbc.com

Buhari Commiserates With PM Ahmed – Ethiopia Plane Crash

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has expressed shock at the plane crash involving an Ethiopian Airliner bound for Nairobi, Kenya, in which all the 149 passengers and eight crewmembers died.

The President extended his sincere condolences to Ethiopia Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, the people of Ethiopia, Kenya, Canada, China, and all other nations who lost citizens in the air disaster.

President Buhari also commiserated with the families of the victims and prays God Almighty to grant the gentle souls of the departed eternal rest.

Reacting to the accident in Daura, Katsina State on Sunday, President Buhari said,  “Such large scale loss of human lives in a single incident is shocking beyond words. I am profoundly touched by this devastating report of air accident involving one of the world’s most successful and efficient Airlines. Given its remarkable safety record. This couldn’t have come at a worse time for Ethiopian Airlines.”

The President hopes that the tragic accident will not have a negative effect on Ethiopian Airlines’ passion for excellence.

157 Feared Dead As Ethiopian Airlines Flight From Addis To Nairobi Crashes.

A statement from the office of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, confirmed the crash, saying: “The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.”

An Ethiopian Airlines flight between Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, has crashed, killing 149 passengers and eight crew members aboard. 

A statement from the office of the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, confirmed the crash, saying: “The Office of the PM, on behalf of the Government and people of Ethiopia, would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.”

Flight ET 302 crashed near the town of Bishoftu, 62 kilometres southeast of the capital Addis Ababa, the airline said, identifying the plane was a Boeing 737-800 MAX.

The airline confirmed that 149 passengers and eight crew members were aboard, as the plane took off from Addis Ababa at 8:38am local time (05:38 GMT), but crashed six minutes later.

“At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible causalities,” a spokesperson for the airline said in a statement. Source: citizentv.co.ke