Ethiopian Airlines Pilot Had 'Flight Control Problems'

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By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2019 6:21 AM CDT
Updated Mar 13, 2019 6:50 AM CDT
A grieving relative is held back by others at the scene where the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday killing all 157 on board, near Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, south...   (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
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(Newser) – The pilot of a doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight reported having "flight control problems" soon before the crash, the airline's CEO says. "He was having difficulties with the flight control of the airplane, so he asked to return back to base," Tewolde GebreMariam tells CNN. The CEO says controllers granted captain Yared Getachew permission to return to Addis Ababa at around the same time the Boeing 737 Max 8 disappeared from radar, just six minutes into the flight. All 157 people on board died. GebreMariam says the airline believes the "similarities are substantial" with a Lion Air crash last October, which also involved a new Max 8 that went down within minutes of take-off. More:

  • Still flying in the US. The FAA has refused to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8, leaving the US in an increasingly small minority, the BBC reports. The European Union, China, and Australia are among those that have banned the plane from their airspace. They were joined Wednesday by New Zealand, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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