Pilot reported flight control problems shortly before the crash - Ethiopian Airlines CEO
Tunde Ososanya|March. 13, 2019
- Days after Boeing (BA) 737-800 MAX plane belonging to Ethiopian Airlines crashed on Sunday, March 10, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam, says pilot reported flight control problems
- GebreMariam says the pilot asked to return back to base and was given clearance to return, adding that the airplane disappeared from radar thereafter
- All 157 people aboard the Boeing (BA) 737-800 MAX died when it crashed soon after takeoff from Addis Ababa
The CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, CEO Tewolde GebreMariam, has said pilot reported flight control problems before the deadly crash of Sunday, March 10, which killed 157 people on board the airplane.
GebreMariam told CNN: "GebreMariam said according to the air traffic control, controller recorded voice exchange, the pilot reported flight control problems.
"So he was having difficulties with the flight control of the airplane, so he asked to return back to base.”
According to GebreMariam, the pilot asked to return back to base and was given clearance to return. He said that the airplane disappeared from radar thereafter.
Recall that in October 2018, a flight from Indonesia, a 737 MAX 8, went down off the coast of the country in October, 2018, killing all 189 people on board.
According to GebreMariam, Ethiopian Airlines has grounded its fleet of MAX 8s, along with several other countries, including China, Australia and the United Kingdom.
GebreMariam said: “We don’t yet know the exact cause of the accident, and speculation is not helpful in either way. but I think there are questions without answers on the airplane.”
The university in a statement on Sunday evening on its official website, said Adesanmi was one of the 18 Canadians, who died on the Ethiopian Airways flight from Addis Ababa Ethiopia to Nairobi Kenya.
Until his death, Adesanmi was the director at the Institute of African Studies (IAS) at Carleton University, Canada.
President and vice chancellor of the university, Benoit-Antoine Bacon, said: "The Carleton community is shocked and devastated to learn of the death of Prof. Pius Adesanmi, who was among the 18 Canadians killed in today’s crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet at the Addis Ababa airport.
"Global Affairs Canada has confirmed that Adesanmi is among the victims. “Pius was a towering figure in African and post-colonial scholarship and his sudden loss is a tragedy.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who knew and loved him, and with everyone who suffered loss in the tragic crash in Ethiopia.”
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