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    Ethiopian Airlines & Lion Air: The spooking similarities between the two crashes

    Ethiopian Airlines & Lion Air: The spooking similarities between the two crashes

    Ethiopian Airlines & Lion Air: The spooking similarities between the two crashes
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    By CNBC-TV18  IST (Updated)

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    The Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft has been involved in two plane crashes in less than six months — Indonesia's Lion Air Flight JT610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302. In both the air crashes, all the passengers and the crew members died. According to the American travel website, The Points Guy, there were some striking similarities between the Lion Air and Ethiopian 737 MAX crashes.

    The Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft has been involved in two plane crashes in less than six months — Indonesia's Lion Air Flight JT610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302. In both the air crashes, all the passengers and the crew members died.
    There were some striking similarities between the Lion Air and Ethiopian 737 MAX crashes.
    The timing
    When the Lion Air crash was being investigated, it was found that the flight crew had lost contact with the ground staff just 13 minutes after the take-off.
    Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 disappeared from radar only six minutes after takeoff.
    The crew was unable to control the speed and altitude of the Lion Air aircraft and the plane went out of control.  When the aircraft crashed, it was at such high speed that some parts of the plane turned to powder because of the impact of the speed.
    Angle of Attack
    The Lion Air crash investigation found a malfunction in the aircraft’s angle of attack sensor that mistook the normal takeoff climb as dangerous and forced the plane to pitch downward 26 different times. The technical term for this is Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).
    MCAS is a kind of stall-recovery system that is used in Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and generally alerts the pilot in case there is stalling of the plane or fall in speed, among others.
    Last December, the DGCA asked Jet Airways and SpiceJet to immediately report any "abnormal" issues related to the MAX plane's , following the Lion Air crash.
    It’s unclear though if this system played any part in the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
    Curse of the first flight
    Both Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines were the aircraft’s first flight of the day. Lion Air flight 610 took off at 6:20am and lost contact at 6:33am. Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 lifted off at 8:38am before losing contact at 8:44am.
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