A source who has listened to the air traffic control recording of the Ethiopian Airline’s Boeing 737 MAX before it crashed told Reuters the pilot, who sounded very scared, can be heard saying the plane was having flight control problems before the flight dropped off the radar. Conway G. Gittens reports.
(REUTERS) – Clues have started to emerge Saturday from the examination of the black box recorders from the crashed Boeing 737 MAX 8. A source that has listened to the air traffic control recording told Reuters: the Ethiopian Airlines . plane was traveling at an usually high speed after take off. A voice from the cockpit made a request to increase altitude. But then the pilot, who sounded very scared, made mention of a flight control problem and started to make a right turn to return to the airport. The plane then vanished off the radar.
The team of investigators conducting the probe in Paris could not immediately be reached to confirm the conversation.
So far there’s no evidence to suggest software was to blame for either incident.
It’s offered bereaved families charred earth from the crash site to bury .
”Victim identification will be carried out using reliable, scientific and international standards and for this purpose, internationally-recognized and accredited organizations such as Interpol and Blake are going to be in the process.”
On Friday, investigators found a possible clue at the crash site: a key part of the plane’s tail.
The horizontal stabilizer is reportedly set in an unusual position – similar to that seen in the wreckage of the Indonesian MAX 8.
The position of the stabilizer could help determine whether the plane was set nose down for a steep dive.
For bereaved families, answers can’t come soon enough.