The CEO of Ethiopian Airlines has revealed the content of the black box recordings of ET302. Speaking “in a panicky voice”, the pilot requested to return to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport prior to the flight’s fatal crash. An investigation is underway to ascertain the cause of the crash.
The black box recordings from Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 have revealed that the pilot of the 737 MAX 8 had asked to return to Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) just prior to the plane’s crash, Metro.co.uk reports.
The content and tone of the voice recordings was relayed to The Wall Street Journal by Tewolde GebreMariam, the airline’s CEO. Reporting to air traffic control “in a panicky voice,” the pilot of the flight explained that he was having what has been described as “flight control problems”.
The plane was given permission to return to ADD, but crashed soon after this was granted.
An intense investigation is underway to ascertain the cause of the crash, which killed all 157 passengers and crew onboard. The jet’s voice and data recorders are undergoing analysis in France while local Ethiopian officials are working to identify the crash victims via DNA.
Despite these ongoing investigations, it appears that the families and loved ones of those killed in the crash have no further information on when or even if their relatives’ remains will be recovered.
Faysal Hussein’s cousin was killed in the crash of ET302, but speaking to Metro.co.uk, he said that the families of the victims have “not been told what they have found so far.”
“We are sitting here like forever. We were taken to the crash site on Wednesday but not allowed to get a closer look. And then yesterday Ethiopian Airlines officials called us to a meeting but they don’t have anything to say. This is frustrating,” he said.
Multiple countries and aviation regulators have banned the use of the 737 MAX 8 in the wake of this incident.
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