Ethiopian Airlines crash: Pilot's last message before flight's doomed flight killing 157

Elias Hubbard
March 15, 2019

According to Neradko, further decisions will be based on the assessment "of the directives and reports coming from the US Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Boeing Company".

Though it maintains the planes are safe, Boeing has supported the FAA move.

While potential plaintiffs may name Ethiopian Airlines as a defendant in any lawsuits, the focus on the 737 MAX 8 anti-stall system makes Boeing a likely target of litigation, some lawyers said.

Since the jets were grounded, North American carriers have been wrestling with customer calls and flight cancellations.

Earlier, the U.S. pilots already expressed their safety concerns about flying Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft as they complained that the jets' autopilot sometimes prompted them to nosedive and lose altitude.

The new information shows "the track of that airplane was close enough to the track of the Lion Air flight" to warrant the grounding of the airplanes so more information can be gathered to determine if there is a link, Elwell said Wednesday on CNBC.

But says production of the 737 MAX planes is continuing.

Boeing chief Dennis Muilenburg said he supported the United States decision "out of an abundance of caution" but had "full confidence" in the safety of the plane.

It could also look at Grant County International Airport in central Washington, where Boeing regularly tests aircraft.

"The DGCA's decision to ground 737 Max aircraft has resulted in a fairly significant impact on the airfares for immediate travel on certain key routes", said Sharat Dhall, chief operating officer of the business-to-consumer segment at Yatra Online Pvt.

Moody's rating agency said the fallout from the crash would not immediately affect Boeing's credit rating.

Boeing's shares have sunk 10 percent since Sunday's crash, wiping more than $20 billion off the company's market value. It fell 1 per cent on Thursday.

"It's a great company", he told reporters at the White House.

Ethiopian Airlines said earlier it would send the two cockpit voice and data recorders overseas for analysis.

He said the trend in US courts was in Boeing's favor.

Boeing may have a tougher time with that strategy after the Ethiopian crash, some legal experts said.

Technical analysis is scheduled to begin on Friday (local time) and the first conclusions could take several days, the BEA said, tweeting a photo of the partly crumpled, orange-cased box.

On Wednesday, the US President Donald Trump ordered the FAA to ground all 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft, citing safety concerns.

The Federal Aviation Administration said findings from the crash site near Addis and "newly refined satellite data" warranted "further investigation of the possibility of a shared cause for the two incidents".

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