Ethiopian air crash pilots ‘could not stop nosedive’


The preliminary report in to the deadly Ethiopian air plane crash says, the plane nosedived several times before it crashed.

The airline pilots “repeatedly” followed the correct procedures that Boeing recommends, according to the first official report.

Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges said, despite the pilot’s best efforts they “were not able to control the aircraft.”

In a news conference in Addis Ababa Moges said, “The crew performed all the procedures repeatedly [that were]provided by the manufacturer but were not able to control the aircraft.”

Chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam said in a statement, he was “very proud” of his pilots and their “high level of professional performance.”

“It was very unfortunate they could not recover the airplane from the persistence of nosediving.”