Ethiopia’s Minister of Transport Dagmawit Moges made the remark on Thursday as she delivered the first official report on the disaster, which occurred on March 10 and claimed 157 lives.
“The crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer but was not able to control the aircraft,” Dagmawit told a news conference in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
Initial reports claimed that despite numerous efforts, the pilots had failed to override the automated anti-stall system that repeatedly tilted the plane’s nose downward before it crashed just minutes after take-off from the Addis Ababa airport.
The incident took place five months after another Boeing airplane plunged into the Java Sea off Indonesia, killing 189 people.
PressTV-Lawsuit filed in US against Boeing over Ethiopian crashA lawsuit has been filed against plane-maker Boeing in the United States over the recent crash of the company’s 737 Max airplane operated by Ethiopian Airlines.
The Ethiopian minister also stressed on Thursday that aviation authorities needed to verify any review before the operational release of the American-made planes.
Authorities investigating the Ethiopian Airlines flight have said there were “clear similarities” between both crashes, which involved Boeing’s workhorse Max 8 jets.
The 737 MAX planes were grounded worldwide following the two fatal crashes.