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The Final Moments on Ethiopian Airlines

The Final Moments on Ethiopian Airlines
Jackie Reddy

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, 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, 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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View Comments (9)


  1. Temporiser

    March 15, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Wife will get the upgrade otherwise I’ll pay for it the next 10 trips. Parents would be given the upgrade. I would ditch the friends and co-workers. A few years ago I was travelling with my Boss (both government employees) where due to operational reason and because of my platinum status I was upgraded and the boss remained in Y. Needless to say a few months later we introduce a company policy of not accepting upgrades, regardless of the reason.

  2. jonsail

    March 16, 2019 at 8:16 am

    I think there was an effort to blame a problem with the 737Max on the incompetence of “foreigners.” Lion Air had a bad safety record and flew the crash plane even tho problems showed up before the crash flight. After the Ethiopian crash American cable news commentators suggested that even tho the pilot had over 9,000 hours, Ethiopian Airlines training with flight simulators wasn’t up to American standards. It’s beginning to look like the 737 Max really is a bad plane by today’s standards.

  3. falawa

    March 16, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Seriously Jon

  4. edgewood49

    March 16, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Jobsail Your missing the point which is why Fake News abounds, first there is an issue with stabilization in certain flight profiles, and yes Boeing needs to enhance the software ,having said all that there is an issue of flight safety training, all airlines do this the difference with American as well as many other nations the degree and intensity of that training does vary. Example look at all the flight hours that US ( for example ) in the Max has anyone heard of an issue? With social media what it is today if there were pilots out there that had issues it would have been posted on social media one way or another.

    At the end of the day Boeing would modify the software system down to where it’s acceptable to all. This is great bird with a lot of hours.

  5. sfoeuroflyer

    March 16, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    The Ethiopian co-pilot had 200 hours flying time. That is ridiculous by any standards. Might as well have put a child in that seat.

  6. flyerCO

    March 17, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    I’m big Boeing fan. However as a pilot a plane should never be designed with a flaw that occurs with regularity. One that will kill people at that. Telling pilots to do something isn’t the correct answer. Fixing the issue is.

  7. djjaguar64

    March 19, 2019 at 5:18 am

    Always easy to blame the pilots and not the big corporations, Boeing!

  8. YOWisHome

    March 19, 2019 at 10:57 am

    @edgewood49 I think you missed a lot of information about US pilots login complaints. Further even posting social media videos of the fact that they were never even told about the MCAS system nor that they have anything in the manuals…………..That is exactly the AA pilots issue — they got very little training and don’t even have a MAX simulator…So how are they better informed and trainined better?

    have a read of that article.

  9. Tailgater

    March 21, 2019 at 6:50 am

    Remember “If it’s not Boeing, I’m not going.” Well, re the 737 MAX, “If it’s Boeing, I’m not going!” It’s shocking that Boeing F’d up this model, just shocking that a manufacturer installed/designed software that will autopilot the plane right into the ground.

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