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Ethiopian Airlines crash is second disaster involving Boeing 737 MAX 8 in months

Cookie Notice By using this site, you agree to our updated Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use. Ethiopian Airlines crash is second disaster involving Boeing 737 MAX 8 in months By Rob Picheta, CNN Updated 1528 GMT (2328 HKT) March 10, 2019 Pause MuteMute Current Time 0:51 / Duration Time 1:43 FullscreenNow Playing Quest: Startling new… men of isis surrender wedeman pkg vpx_00000930.jpg With heads bowed, ISIS fighters surrender LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 18: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a meeting at the National Cyber Security Centre on April 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images) Justin Trudeau engulfed in corruption scandal fifa sign FIFA proposes expanding 2022 World Cup to 48 teams RABAT, MOROCCO – FEBRUARY 25: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk through the walled public Andalusian Gardens which has exotic plants, flowers and fruit trees during a visit on February 25, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. 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Pictured, the CEO visiting the crash site Accident Bulletin no. 2 Issued on march 10, 2019 at 01:46 PM Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO deeply regrets the fatal accident involved on ET 302 /March 10 on a scheduled flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi. The group CEO who is at the accident scene right now regrets to confirm that there are no survivors. He expresses his profound sympathy and condolences to the families and loved ones of passengers and c No survivors following Ethiopian Airlines plane crash Meghan Markle speaks out amid social media abuse Satellite image, taken February 22 by imaging company DigitalGlobe, shows a rocket assembly facility in Sanumdong, North Korea. Images show North Korean rocket facility activity 02 trump kim jong un split North Korea media admits summit was a failure A 57-year-old man was sentenced to life by a German court on Thursday for attempted murder after he was caught on camera poisoning a colleague’s lunch. 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(Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images) Justin Trudeau engulfed in corruption scandal fifa sign FIFA proposes expanding 2022 World Cup to 48 teams RABAT, MOROCCO – FEBRUARY 25: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk through the walled public Andalusian Gardens which has exotic plants, flowers and fruit trees during a visit on February 25, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. (Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga – Pool/Getty Images) Royals crack down on social media abuse of Meghan Markle U.S. President Donald Trump looks towards North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the one-on-one bilateral meeting at the second North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam February 28, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Trump ‘very disappointed’ with latest NK report Major general: India and Pakistan came close to war widow isis fighter paris bataclan paris attack wedeman pkg vpx_00004630.jpg ISIS territory is clearing out. But where will the people go? McAfee: North Korea-linked hackers targeting US businesses Quest: Startling new Boeing 737 jets crashed months of each other Ethiopian Airlines issued this image on their official facebook page. Pictured, the CEO visiting the crash site Accident Bulletin no. 2 Issued on march 10, 2019 at 01:46 PM Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO deeply regrets the fatal accident involved on ET 302 /March 10 on a scheduled flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi. The group CEO who is at the accident scene right now regrets to confirm that there are no survivors. He expresses his profound sympathy and condolences to the families and loved ones of passengers and c No survivors following Ethiopian Airlines plane crash Meghan Markle speaks out amid social media abuse Satellite image, taken February 22 by imaging company DigitalGlobe, shows a rocket assembly facility in Sanumdong, North Korea. Images show North Korean rocket facility activity 02 trump kim jong un split North Korea media admits summit was a failure A 57-year-old man was sentenced to life by a German court on Thursday for attempted murder after he was caught on camera poisoning a colleague’s lunch. Man gets life for poisoning coworkers’ sandwiches Residents cross a street in the dark after a power outage in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, March 7, 2019. A power outage left much of Venezuela in the dark early Thursday evening in what appeared to be one of the largest blackouts yet in a country where power failures have become increasingly common. Crowds of commuters in capital city Caracas were walking home after metro service ground to a halt and traffic snarled as cars struggled to navigate intersections where stoplights were out. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) Blackout plunges most of Venezuela into darkness men of isis surrender wedeman pkg vpx_00000930.jpg With heads bowed, ISIS fighters surrender (CNN)For the second time in less than six months, a brand-new Boeing aircraft has crashed just minutes into a flight. All 157 people on board the Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa that crashed on Sunday morning have died, the airline has confirmed. The tragedy follows the Lion Air flight that went down over the Java Sea in late October, killing all 189 people on board. Live updates: Ethiopian Airlines plane crash Live updates: Ethiopian Airlines plane crash There is no suggestion yet as to what caused the latest disaster, and no evidence that the two incidents are linked in causality. What is known, however, is that both flights took place on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 — a new model recently unveiled to great fanfare by the US aviation giant, that saw its first flight less than two years ago. “It’s highly suspicious,” said Mary Schiavo, a CNN aviation analyst and the former Inspector General of the U.S. Transportation Department. “Here we have a brand-new aircraft that’s gone down twice in a year. That rings alarm bells in the aviation industry, because that just doesn’t happen.” No survivors in Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crash near Addis Ababa No survivors in Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crash near Addis Ababa Adding to concerns are some similarities between the two flights. Both were operated by well-known airlines with strong safety records — but the Lion Air flight went down 13 minutes after take off, while Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed just six minutes into its journey. And while the Ethiopian Airlines did not see the wild fluctuations in altitude that the Lion Air flight saw, it did dip and then regain altitude before it crashed. “The similarities with Lion Air are too great not to be concerned,” Schiavo said. Data from flight recorders awaited At the root of October’s Lion Air crash was a new safety system installed in the MAX 8 plane, known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), that automatically pulls the plane’s nose down if data suggests it is at risk. In that flight, the system was responding to faulty data that suggested the nose was tilted at a higher angle than it was, indicating the plane was at risk of stalling. Lion Air crash: Pilots fought automatic safety system before plane plunged Lion Air crash: Pilots fought automatic safety system before plane plunged The pilots subsequently engaged in a futile tug-of-war with the plane’s automatic systems, trying to reverse a nosedive that should not be triggered so soon after takeoff. Boeing has argued that pilots should have identified the system was in operation, and turned it off. “All pilots should have been trained on that function after Lion Air,” Schiavo added. “Boeing did something very unusual for any manufacturer — it sent out an emergency bulletin and told all airlines to make sure they trained the pilots in the shut-off procedure.” “This is one of the things that should never be happening after takeoff,” Schiavo said. It is too early for conclusions to be drawn as to whether the same issue occurred on the Ethiopian Airlines flight — but a clue could come sooner rather than later. “We will not get a final determination for two or three years, but we will get information from the flight recorders — which I’m guessing will be fairly easy to retrieve — in a matter of weeks,” said CNN anchor Richard Quest, who specializes in aviation. The “black box” is recovered from the ill-fated Lion Air flight. The “black box” is recovered from the ill-fated Lion Air flight. “At the moment, it seems a coincidence” that both disasters occurred on the same aircraft, Quest said. “But I’m guaranteeing to you that the authorities will be examining just how close a coincidence, and whether there are common circumstances between the two,” he said. “Two brand new planes have crashed from two respected airlines,” Quest added. “Ethiopian is a very, very well-run airline. There is no safety issue on Ethiopian Airlines.” Possible repercussions for Boeing If investigators do uncover a similar cause of the two accidents, the repercussions for Boeing could be dramatic. “The Lion Air flight was a big deal for Boeing, but they managed to overcome it,” Schiavo says. “They put out the emergency warning about training, and the industry went on. With the second one, I don’t think everybody’s going to forget.” The MAX 8 could be grounded if a link is found — either by the company itself, or by governments, though the former is more likely to come first, Schiavo says. “The voluntary basis is always the better way to go — but it will be expensive for Boeing.” A Boeing 737 MAX 8 airliner lifts off for its first flight on January 29, 2016 in Renton, Washington. A Boeing 737 MAX 8 airliner lifts off for its first flight on January 29, 2016 in Renton, Washington. Airlines with MAX 8 aircraft in their fleet — and those with outstanding MAX 8 orders — are likely to be watching developments closely in the coming days and weeks. According to Boeing’s most recent reports, 350 MAX planes have already been delivered to airlines across the world. A further 4,661 have been ordered. The plane that crashed on Sunday morning was delivered to Ethiopian Airlines in November. It was one of five active MAX 8 aircraft belonging to the airline, and another was on order, according to the website PlaneSpotters, which tracks aircraft orders. ‘The workhorse of the world’ The highly anticipated 737 MAX 8 was the first member of the company’s new series of more efficient, single-aisle plane family. The planes, which also include MAX 7, 9 and 10 models, were intended to compete with Airbus A320neo family aircraft in an ongoing battle to dominate the global narrow-body market segment. Lion Air: Some are looking where to place the blame, others wonder if their pilot can fly their plane Lion Air: Some are looking where to place the blame, others wonder if their pilot can fly their plane Together, they mark the latest versions of a jet that was first introduced in 1967. More than 10,000 737s have been produced, making it the best-selling jetliner of all time. “It’s an outstanding aeroplane,” Jeffrey Thomas, editor-in-chief of Airline Ratings, told CNN. “The 737 is the most widely used aeroplane in the world — there’s over 7,000 of them flying at the moment… it’s the workhorse of the world.” “It has an extraordinary record over the decades. An amazing safety records,” he added, referring to the wider 737 model. But the new MAX 8 models have previously been placed under scrutiny. In 2017, Boeing temporarily grounded all 737 MAX planes over concerns about a manufacturing quality issue inside its new engines. Jamie Jewell, a spokesperson for the plane’s engine maker CFM International, said at the time that the company’s inspections found “some anomalies in the process” of manufacturing disks for the jet’s turbine. Jewell also stressed that no problems related to the part were seen in the more than 2,000 hours of test flights for the 737 Max. Final assembly takes place on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 in Seattle in 2015. Final assembly takes place on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 in Seattle in 2015. “Out of an abundance of caution, we decided to temporarily suspend MAX flights. The step is consistent with our priority focus on safety for all who use and fly our products,” the plane maker said in a 2017 statement. The MAX versions of the 737s are touted for their LEAP jet engines which Boeing says “redefine the future of efficient and environmentally friendly air travel.” Boeing says the 737 MAX jets are 10% to 12% more efficient that their predecessors. Until an investigation is launched, it is difficult to determine whether the Ethiopian Airlines disaster was the result of a failure in the aircraft, human error, or another factor. Boeing did provide CNN with comment regarding the MAX 8 model, but have released a statement saying it is “deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the passengers and crew.” It added that a “Boeing technical team is prepared to provide technical assistance at the request and under the direction of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.” CNN’s Kara Fox and Bianca Britton contributed to this report. PAID CONTENT Where Do The Richest Americans Live? Where Do The Richest Americans Live? 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