Investigations to what exactly brought the Boeing's 737 MAX 8 model tumbling down just six minutes after takeoff are ongoing but it is suspected Boeing’s new anti-installing system (MCAS) fitted on the plane might have been the reason behind the accident.
Preliminary observations indicate that there are similarities between Ethiopian Airlines’s Sunday crash with the October 2018 crash of Lion Air Flight 610 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Both crashes involved the 737 MAX 8 and just like Ethiopia’s Flight 302, the Lion Air flight crashed shortly after takeoff killing all 189 passengers and crew.
A preliminary report on the Lion Air crash found that a sensor and its related software sent the plane into a nosedive.
As at Monday morning, 4 countries had all grounded and suspended the use of Boeing 737 Max 8 jets across the world. They are Ethiopian Airlines, China, the United States and the Cayman Islands.
All the four countries have one fear concerning the world's largest airliner developers and manufacturers - Boeing’s new anti-installing system (MCAS) which has a tendency to malfunction.
And that is exactly what had one concerned customer worried and tried to unsuccessfully warn the Ethiopian Airlines.
In a tweet seen by Business Insider SSA shared online capturing an email sent to the airline, a customer expresses concern on the new anti-installing system (MCAS) which is causing headaches across the aviation industry.
“Hello, I’m an aviation enthusiast and a customer of yours. I do therefore a lot of research on aviation and stay up to date with aviation related news, and I’ve noticed that Ethiopian airlines ordered and started to receive 737 max.” Part of the email read.
The concerned customer head was spinning on why Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s most profitable and successful airline, had ordered the Boeing 737 max model despite the warnings and fears on its safety.
“I’m sending this email to make sure that Ethiopian airlines and their B737 max pilots are aware of the situation regarding the anti-stalling system (MCAS) on this particular aircraft” the concerned customer went on.
The customer even went ahead and provided links of reports of airlines including American airlines which had raised alarm about the MCAS.
“I took the time to write this email because this is about safety and I strongly believe that safety should be the first priority of everyone in the airline industry. I’m looking forward to hearing from you,” part of the email read.
Despite sending the email two months ago regarding the 737 max, the concerned customer claims he never received a response from Ethiopian airlines.