“According to the air traffic controller’s recorded voice exchange, the pilot recorded flight control problems, so he was having difficulties with the flight control of the aeroplane,” GebreMariam told CNN.
“He asked to return back to base, and clearance was given to him.
“That was at 8.44am, at the same time the aeroplane disappeared from the radar.”
GebreMariam said it was not yet known what flight control problems the flight crew experienced and if it involved an automated safety feature called an MCAS, which was suspected to be a factor in the crash of a Lion Air MAX 8 in October.
The MCAS was a new feature on Boeing’s MAX 8 planes, an energy-efficient update of the best-selling 737 model.
‘‘I am coming to Nairobi. I have forgotten my phone, but we will talk once I get there,” these were the last words Mr Yared Getachew, the pilot of the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 uttered to his mother as he prepared to steer the aircraft for the less than two-hour flight to Nairobi.
PIC 2: Ahmed Nur Mohamed was the co-pilot of Yared Getachew in the #ET302Crash #EthiopianAirlines . They were both youthful pilots at the peak of their careers. My deepest condolences to their families as well as the families of all the crew and victims who departed.. #RIPET302 pic.twitter.com/sZKMQuaGVs— Abdulaziz Haji (@abdulazizhaji09) March 11, 2019
Little did the 29-year-old pilot know that he would never live to see his family, given that minutes after take-off his plane developed technical problems and crashed six minutes later as he attempted to make a turnaround and land back at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.
He, together with 157 passengers, never made it back. “Yared has been an excellent pilot. For the time that he has been working with Ethiopian Airlines, he has never been involved in any mishap.
“He is a trained pilot operating 737 Max,” Mr Getachew’s uncle Khalid Shapi, who is also the family spokesman, said in an interview with the Nation after landing in Mombasa.
Mr Yared was half Kenyan and Ethiopian. He has worked with the airline for almost 10 years, rising from a cadet to a senior captain.
Borussia Dortmund Signs Hazard
Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Borussia Monchengladbach winger Thorgan Hazard.
The Belgium international has signed a five-year deal with the Bundesliga runners-up having spent five years with Gladbach.
He becomes Dortmund’s second summer signing after Germany left-back Nico Schulz completed his move from Hoffenheim on Tuesday.
The final fee for Hazard has not been disclosed by either club, with reports suggesting it could be anywhere from €25 million (£22m/$28m) to €40m (£35.2m/$44.7m).
Hazard has had an agreement in place to join Dortmund for some time, with only the technicalities of the deal between the two clubs required to get it over the line.
The 26-year-old leaves Gladbach having made 182 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 46 goals and laying on 44 assists.
PHOTOS Of One Of The Alleged Prostitutes Who Set Up Junior US Pops Up
Alleged photos of one of the said prostitutes who connived with the armed robbers who killed Nana Yaw Opoku aka Junior US in Philadelphia in the USA are fast going viral on social media.
The photos began trending barely 24 hours after the Philadelphia Police Department released footage of when Junior US was murdered in his home.
In the video just as was reported earlier by Ghpage.com, it was some ladies he was hanging out within his house a few hours to his birthday party that invited the killers to his house.
The footage started off with the girls and Junior in the house and then a knock sounded. One of the ladies rushed to open the door but and Junior US followed her to the door.
Two black men in black hoodie entered and shot him dead right at the gate. They proceeded to enter the room and searched for something later fled with the girls in the same car.
Social Media users are already circulating these photos alleging its one of the girls in the video who were hanging out with Junior US and invited the killers to the house to kill him.
Philadelphia Police Department has promised an amount of 20,000 US dollars to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers.
Deadly Storm Brings Hail, Flooding And 132 Reports Of Tornadoes In Central US
KUBILIVE – A deadly spring storm unleashed drenching rain, flash flooding and hail in the central United States — along with more than 130 reports of tornadoes in five days.
At least one person drowned in Oklahoma after driving around a barricade on a road in Perkins, the city’s Emergency Management office announced.
A majority of tornadoes were in Kansas and Missouri, CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward said. Of the total number, Friday had the most tornadoes reported at 39 and Tuesday was a close second at 32.
About 28 million people are under the threat of severe weather Wednesday, mostly in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, and Ohio, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.
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