Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 - Evidence shows plane was set to dive

Jamie McKane

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Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 - Evidence shows plane was set to dive

A screw-like device found in the wreckage of the Boeing Co. 737 Max that crashed last Sunday in Ethiopia indicates the plane was configured to dive, a piece of evidence that helped convince U.S. regulators to ground the model, a person familiar with the investigation said late Thursday night.

Federal Aviation Administration chief Daniel Elwell on Wednesday cited unspecified evidence found at the crash scene as part of the justification for the agency to reverse course and temporarily halt flights of Boeing’s largest selling aircraft.

[Bloomberg]
 

Gaz{M}

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A key piece of evidence. This really does make it strongly possible that something was pushing the plane towards the ground.
 

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Very sad. The engineers who developed, designed and worked the jackscrew should all be suspended as they obviously do not a clue or the foresight to understand how mechanical parts work.
 

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Very sad. The engineers who developed, designed and worked the jackscrew should all be suspended as they obviously do not a clue or the foresight to understand how mechanical parts work.
Huh?

The liklehood that the jackscrew failed on such a new aircraft is slim. It is a well known aspect of aircraft maintenance, ever since Alaska Airlines flight 261.

There is a possibility that the way the software on the plane works caused confusion, misunderstanding and loss of spatial awareness with the pilots, causing the pilots and the autopilot to fight against eachother which may have commanded the jackscrew into that position.
 

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Very sad. The engineers who developed, designed and worked the jackscrew should all be suspended as they obviously do not a clue or the foresight to understand how mechanical parts work.
The jackscrew worked just fine in this case, exactly as it was designed to do. Those engineers should all get performance bonuses.

The problem lies with the MCAS system and how its software control of the jackscrew was hidden from pilots, as well as apparent poorly designed algorithms and reliance on a single AoA sensor at a time.
 

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Very sad. The engineers who developed, designed and worked the jackscrew should all be suspended as they obviously do not a clue or the foresight to understand how mechanical parts work.
The King had his blond moments with that comment. :rolleyes:
 

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The jackscrew worked just fine in this case, exactly as it was designed to do. Those engineers should all get performance bonuses.

The problem lies with the MCAS system and how its software control of the jackscrew was hidden from pilots, as well as apparent poorly designed algorithms and reliance on a single AoA sensor at a time.
You're playing chess with a pigeon.
 

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A BBC report suggests that the FAA expects the B737 MAX to be grounded until at least May: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47578555

As investigators work to determine the cause of the tragedies, the US regulator said the aircraft would be grounded until at least May.

Boeing has halted 737 Max deliveries and some airlines say they will demand compensation.

Some customers have signaled they could back away from orders.

But analysts say the long-term impact on the firm will depend the outcome of the investigation.
 

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Very sad. The engineers who developed, designed and worked the jackscrew should all be suspended as they obviously do not a clue or the foresight to understand how mechanical parts work.
Wrong. Rather the jackasses who designed a very bad system by implementing a perfectly good jackscrew in a screwed up way.
 
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