Off-duty pilot saved plane one day before deadly Lion Air crash

Lion Air's Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane

French air accident investigation agency Bea said the Ethiopian Airlines crash bore similarities to the Lion Air tragedy earlier this week.

Garneau's comments marked a break from protocol, with Canada traditionally working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates the USA commercial airline industry.

MCAS is activated when angle of attack (AOA) sensors indicate that the airframe is in a dangerously high angle and attempts to correct it by pushing the plane nose down.

Following the second fatal accident, USA authorities are reviewing whether enough was done to ensure the plane was safe to fly, while attention has also focused on the training of the Lion Air crew and whether aeroplane manuals are clear enough.

Following the Lion Air crash, the FAA required Boeing to notify airlines about the system and Boeing sent a bulletin to all customers flying the Max reminding them how to disable it in an emergency. "So you panic. It is a time-out condition".

In Ethiopia, which is leading the investigation of the crash, experts were poring over the in-flight recording of the captain and first officer.

The Indian-born captain was silent at the end, all three sources said, while the Indonesian first officer said "Allahu Akbar", or "God is greatest", a common Arabic phrase in the majority-Muslim country that can be used to express excitement, shock, praise or distress.

As with the Indonesia flight, they radioed control problems shortly after take-off and sought to turn back, struggling to get their plane on track before it hit a field.

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Department of Transportation investigating 737 Max aircraft after Ethiopian crash; former NTSB board member John Goglia weighs in.

Boeing has been working on a software upgrade for an anti-stall system and pilot displays on the 737 MAX, its fastest-selling jetliner, following the deadly Lion Air crash, and has said it was updating pilot training as well. Airlines have some discretion to customize the manuals.

The two crashes killed 346 people in all.

The Ethiopian Airlines crash has shaken the global aviation industry and cast a shadow over the flagship Boeing model meant to be a standard for decades to come, given parallels with the Lion Air calamity off Jakarta in October.

A preliminary report into the incident was released in November, but the recorders were recovered only in January, and their transcripts were not made public. His presence on that flight, first reported by Bloomberg, was not disclosed in the preliminary report.

Boeing's software fix was developed in the aftermath of the Indonesia crash when regulators suggested false sensor data could cause a system known as MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System) to overreact and make the jet hard to control.

A Boeing spokesman declined to comment but confirmed the authenticity of the email.

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