Faulty sensors on a Boeing MAX jet that resulted in an Ethiopian Airlines crash earlier this year are reportedly thought to have been triggered by a bird strike.
The theory suspected by US aviation officials is a bird strike caused erroneous input to set off the plane’s anti-stall system, a source familiar with the situation told CNBC.
A new theory around what brought down the Ethiopian Airlines plane has emerged. Picture: AP PhotoSource:News Corp Australia
The system automatically pushes the nose of the plane down if it registers the aircraft is in a stall. That can be catastrophic if the plane is not in a stall, however.
Boeing last month revealed faulty sensors on the aircraft were behind the fatal crash in March that reportedly killed everyone on board.
Despite the suggestion, Ethiopian Airlines has said a preliminary crash investigation report showed ‘no evidence of any foreign object damage’. Picture: Mulugeta AyeneSource:AP
An initial report determined the aircraft had a faulty “angle of attack” sensor, which tracks lift to prevent stalling, Boeing said in a statement at the time. The plane’s pilots were unsuccessful in their attempts to readjust the angle.
But results from an early investigation into the incident uncovered “no evidence of any foreign object damage”, such as a bird strike, on the sensor, Ethiopian Airlines has said, according to CNBC.
An initial report determined the aircraft had a faulty ‘angle of attack’ sensor. Picture: AP Photo/Ted S. WarrenSource:AP
Last week, the airline said its pilots followed procedures set out by the FAA and Boeing but “none of the expected warnings appeared in the cockpit, which deprived the pilots of necessary and timely information”.
— with Fox News
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