Following the news of the Boeing 737 MAX, AN Ethiopian Airline plane crash, sources reveal that it had hit a mystery object just after take-off sending it plunging to the ground and killing all 157 on board.
The plane reportedly suffered a damaged angle-of-attack sensor after hitting a bird or another foreign object – triggering false data prompting the pilots to turn off the anti-stall system known as MCAS.
However, that system was then re-engaged which pushed the plane downwards and led to it crashing into the ground, two aviation sources close to the investigation told ABC News and the Associated Press.
The pilots tried to manually bring the nose of the jet back up before restoring power to the anti-stall system but they were not able to regain control of the passenger plane, it has been claimed
However, a preliminary report released today by Ethiopia’s government says the crew of the jet performed all of the procedures recommended by Boeing when the plane started to nose dive but could not control it.
The report was based on data from the recorders of the Boeing 737 Max 8.
Boeing declined to comment pending its review of the report.
The Max 8 has been under scrutiny since a Lion Air flight crashed off the coast of Indonesia under similar circumstances in October.