Just a few weeks ago, United States President Donald Trump announced that he was immediately grounding all flights that were scheduled to use Boeing’s new Boeing 737 Max airliner. President Trump made this call in response to developed and not-so-developed countries around the world making similar commands, effectively shutting down the current use of the Boeing 737 Max airliner throughout the majority of the world.
These worldwide temporary bans of Boeing’s newest commercial airliner came after a flight carrying 157 people crashed over Ethiopia, a country located in the Horn of Africa. That flight, which was put on by Ethiopian Airlines, the leading aviation company in all of Ethiopia, utilized a Boeing 737 Max airplane in its failed attempt to transport passengers who hailed from countries around the world to their destination. This crash came in March 2019, less than one months ago.
When planes crash, they often don’t leave behind a wealth of evidence regarding how they crashed. As such, aviation and government experts have to pour a great deal of research and investigation into figuring out what could have caused such plane crashes.
Experts from the government of Ethiopia and elsewhere around the world collectively found out that the pilots who were in command of March 2019’s fatal flight did, in fact, try to go through the normal emergency procedures that the pilots were trained to follow in an attempt to gain control over the airliner after they had lost control of it. This news comes from The Wall Street Journal per a story written just a few hours ago, on April 3, 2019.
Part of the Boeing 737 Max’s autopilot program is to bring the nose of the plane back down to be parallel with the ground after it reaches its desired altitude. However, the pilots couldn’t get the Boeing 737 Max airliner to climb in altitude very much. The plane’s autopilot systems told the plane that its nose needed to be pointed down, which caused the plane to barrel toward the Earth at alarming speeds. Pilots had turned the autopilot system off in an attempt to manually tell the plane what to do in the tough situation they were in. Unfortunately, however, the manual attempts to bring the plane back to normal operation didn’t work out. They failed to get the nose back to being parallel with the ground, which is what ultimately caused the plane to crash.