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Ethiopian Airlines urges Boeing to implement safety recommendations

Ethiopian Airlines on Friday accused American plane manufacturer Boeing of attempting to divert the public’s attention away from flaws in the 737 MAX model crafts, rather than implementing recommendations of a preliminary investigation report.

Boeing 737 MAX planes were grounded worldwide over safety concerns following the Ethiopian crash in March that killed 157 people.

Boeing said on Thursday it was in the process of submitting a plan on pilot training to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for approval, as it seeks clearance for the ungrounding of the fast-selling model.

Any effort that is being made to divert public attention from the flight control system problem of the airplane is a futile exercise.

Ethiopian’s concerns

In a statement issued on its <a href="https://www.facebook.com/EthiopianAirlines/posts/2324735070944523?tn=K-R“target=”_blank”>social media pages, Ethiopian Airlines recapped its own defence as far as the March crash is concerned, and also outlined the recommendations that have so far been given by investigators.

The statement highlights the airlines’ aviation academy, the fact that it had acquired a B737 Max 8 full flight simulator and the stellar records of the pilots that were manning the ill-fated flight.

‘‘The preliminary accident investigation report…has made it abundantly clear that the Ethiopian Airlines’ pilots have followed the procedures of the aircraft manufacturer,’‘ the airline insisted.

‘‘Any effort that is being made to divert public attention from the flight control system problem of the airplane is a futile exercise because it is not based on factually correct analysis.’‘

Recapping the recommendations from the aircraft accident investigation preliminary report, Ethiopian urged Boeing to review the MAX planes’ flight control system.

READ MORE: Ethiopian crew ‘did everything right’ before crash – Preliminary report

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