US Security Council chairman reprimands Ethiopia over Boeing 737 MAX report

US Security Council chairman reprimands Ethiopia over Boeing 737 MAX report
US Security Council chairman reprimands Ethiopia over Boeing 737 MAX report

WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Tuesday criticized Ethiopia’s final report into the fatal March 2019 Boeing 737 MAX crash and said investigators failed to adequately review flight crew performance.

NTSB President Jennifer Homendy said in an interview that the Ethiopian Aircraft Investigation Bureau (EAIB) made errors in its report.

“We think what they didn’t do was really dig into the flight crew performance issues and whether they were properly prepared,” Homendy said. “We felt like it wasn’t as complete and robust as it could have been.”

The MAX crashes in 2018 and 2019 in Indonesia and Ethiopia, which cost Boeing more than $20 billion, led to the 20-month grounding of the best-selling plane which was lifted by regulators after Boeing made changes to software and pilot training. Boeing declined to comment on Tuesday.

The NTSB was not given the opportunity to review or comment on Ethiopia’s final report before it was made public last month, a violation of rules overseen by ICAO, the agency. United Nations air force based in Montreal, Homendy said.

“It’s unprecedented – under ICAO we have the right to review the report and provide comments,” Homendy said.

The NTSB’s comments released in December were in response to an earlier draft considered by the board.

The NTSB said Ethiopian inspectors investigating the cause of the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March 2019 that killed 157 people did not pay enough attention to crew training and emergency procedures in their report.

The EAIB blamed the crash on “uncommanded” inputs to Boeing’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, known as MCAS.

The office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The inputs, which were caused by faulty data from an angle of attack (AOA) sensor, repeatedly sent the plane nose up, resulting in a loss of control as the pilots attempted to make faced several in-cab warnings, according to the report released last month. .

The NTSB said the Ethiopian report’s conclusion that the plane’s electrical problems caused a false AOA output was “not supported by evidence”. The NTSB said it discovered the erroneous sensor output was likely caused by a bird strike shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa.

The NTSB added that the Ethiopian report’s conclusion that the MCAS documentation for flight crews was “misleading since Boeing provided the information to all 737 MAX operators four months before the Ethiopian Airlines crash.”

Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Kim Coghill

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