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Ethiopia Backs Pilots as Report Details Flight of 737 Max

  • Safety protocol was followed, transportation minister says
  • Disaster was second in five months for U.S. planemaker
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The pilots struggled as automated commands pushed the nose down, the probe said. Bloomberg’s Benjamin Katz reports.Source: Bloomberg
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Pilots commanding a doomed Ethiopian Airlines jet were hit with a cascade of malfunctions and alarms seconds after the Boeing Co. 737 Max took off from Addis Ababa on March 10, according to a preliminary report released Thursday.

Most critically, the plane’s automatic anti-stall system that was also linked to a previous 737 Max crash months earlier began pushing the nose of the jetliner down less than two minutes into the flight due to a malfunctioning sensor. The crew was able to climb as high as 13,400 feet and request permission to return to the airport after temporarily disabling part of the system.