Pilot of Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max 8 called 'in a panicky voice' and requested to return to airport shortly after take-off just minutes before the plane crashed, killing 157 people
埃航波音737 Max 8飞行员在起飞后不久呼叫要求返回机场，语气惊恐，几分钟后飞机坠毁，157人遇难
The pilot of the doomed Ethiopian Airlines jet requested permission 'in a panicky voice' to return to the airport shortly after takeoff, it has emerged.
Within a minute of departure, Captain Yared Getachew reported a 'flight control' problem because the aircraft was well below the minimum safe height during a climb, it is claimed.
After being cleared by the control room to turn back, Flight 302 climbed to an unusually high altitude and disappeared from radar over a restricted military zone, a source told the New York Times.
All contact between air controllers and the Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 MAX 8 was lost five minutes after it took off, a person who reviewed air traffic communications told the newspaper.
一名查看过空中交通通讯的人士对该报表示，在起飞五分钟后，这架飞往内罗毕的波音737 MAX 8与空中管制员之间的所有联络便已中断。
The report said air traffic controllers observed the jet 'oscillating up and down by hundreds of feet' prior to the crash which killed 157 on Sunday morning.
Speaking in a 'panicky voice,' the doomed aircraft's captain is said to have requested permission to return to the airport almost immediately after takeoff as the plane 'accelerated to abnormal speed.'
'Break break, request back to home,' the Times quoted the pilot as saying just prior to the crash. 'Request vector (direction) for landing.'
Boeing was criticised after the Lion Air crash for allegedly failing to adequately inform 737 pilots about the functioning of the stall prevention system.
Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said the doomed flight's captain was an experienced aviator with more than 8,000 flight hours.
Meanwhile, a French investigation into the crash opened today as US aerospace giant Boeing stopped delivering the top-selling Max 8 aircraft.
The MAX has been grounded worldwide following the disaster - the second involving the model in five months - and the fallout has left the company, regulators and airlines scrambling to respond.
'We are pausing the delivery of the 737 MAX until we come up with a solution,' a Boeing spokesman said Thursday, adding: 'We are going to continue the production but we are assessing our capacities.'
An Ethiopian delegation delivered the black boxes to France's BEA air safety agency 'and the investigation process has started in Paris', Ethiopian Airlines said Friday on Twitter.
The BEA confirmed it had received the black box recorders from the plane, which was just four months old and crashed minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa on Sunday.
BEA investigators will now try to retrieve information from the cockpit voice and flight data recorders, which were damaged in the disaster.
At least four American pilots complained following the Lion Air crash that the aircraft would suddenly pitch downward shortly after takeoff, according to documents reviewed by AFP on the Aviation Safety Reporting System, a voluntary incident database maintained by NASA.
However, the FAA said this week it had ordered Boeing to update its flight software and training.
Questions about the Lion Air crash have honed in on a stall prevention system, the MCAS, designed to automatically point the plane's nose downwards if it is in danger of stalling.
According to the flight data recorder, the pilots of Lion Air Flight 610 struggled to control the aircraft as the MCAS repeatedly pushed the nose down after takeoff.
Elfred Thurgrate, Londinium, United Kingdom, 11 hours ago
Big payouts coming from Boeing when it all comes out.Criminal charges if they knew there was a problem with MCAS all along and did nothing to rectify it.
shot streak, Plattsburgh, United States, 13 hours ago
Yet another well intentioned safety device which causes disaster. K it's designed to keep the plane from stalling ( not enough speed, pitching down) on takeoff. Great idea in theory. The thing is ¿¿can you remember when the last time was an airliner Stall/ Spun in either on landing or takeoff??? Long long ago I assure you. So what you have here is a dangerous complex safety device in answer to a nonexistent problem! Neither of these disasters should have happened!! Ahh¿¿yet the blame game is already begun. As usual blaming the dead pilots¿¿
no1 winner, London , United Kingdom, 13 hours ago
No pilot error The plane is faulty
pilot1, london, France, 13 hours ago
Poor guy knew it was over :
Ethereal M, Heaven, United States, 13 hours ago
Horrible way to die.
Matt930s, NY, United States, 14 hours ago
Terrible title; that guy was not ¿panicky¿, I¿m sure he was doing everything humanly possibly to try to save that plane. Hero pilot.
Copacetic, Dogpatch, United States, 14 hours ago
I know that planes flying themselves on Autopilot with additional automatic System Over-rides and Artificial Intelligence and Self-Driving cars and all that jazz are supposed to be the wave of the future... But it's scary when those programmed "tools" can totally over-ride the human beings who are supposed to be in charge.
Danrmcr, Maryland, United States, 14 hours ago
Wow, we suspected it,,,now we're close to knowing that advanced-technology in the MAX caused 346 people to be killed. Just awful.
AJPhoenix, Somehwere out there, United Kingdom, 15 hours ago
the biggest issue with the MAX is that it was never certfied as a new aircraft
Robert de Vere, Calgary, Canada, 15 hours ago
Sadly, this is what happens when you buy American.
Dave, Southampton, United Kingdom, 15 hours ago
It looks as if the pilot was fighting the automatic system in both crashes as the threaded rods that control the tailplane flaps were found to be in the 'dive' position at both crash sites. Boeing are now reported to have announced a software upgrade for the automatic system that will be available in 10 days.
cicababa, somewhere, United States, 15 hours ago
On GMA this morning, an American Air pilot claimed, they went head to head in a meeting with Boeing last fall, because they were not informed of an unknown "element" in the software, what wasn't even in their books. That tells it, something was installed $ecretly what eventually caused these crashes.
greekdream, the moon, United Kingdom, 15 hours ago
So scary to think this happened. I am nervous on planes anyway...but this makes me worse.
AudreyWeb, Palm Desert, United States, 15 hours ago
What a horror story
Assis, Landskrona, Sweden, 15 hours ago
Boeing is to be blamed.
stu, Truro, United Kingdom, 16 hours ago
I thought pilots were not meant to get panicky!
nic7296, cityofbrotherlyshove, United States, 14 hours ago
Everyone gets panicky when facing death. You will too.
TangoSierra, Duesseldorf, Germany, 13 hours ago
@ stu: no matter how well they are trained and how experienced they are - they are still human beings.
JimBob999, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, 16 hours ago
Still the safest way to cover distances.
The Management, Chester le Street, United Kingdom, 16 hours ago
bluebeanie, Wirral, United Kingdom, 16 hours ago
There is NO WAY I would be a passenger on a Boeing 737 Max 8 until they have fully
在调查清楚之前，我是不会坐波音737 Max 8。
YogaMoni, Sacramento, United States, 16 hours ago
Flying over restricted military space. Maybe they were shot down
ambuli, Chicago, United States, 17 hours ago
He is only 29 yrs of age and 10 years experience a pilot. He started flying big aircraft when he was only 19 yrs of age hard to believe. His father is a veteran pilot that must have something to do with that. Any way RIP you did good.