Addis Ababa, March 21, 2019 (FBC) – Ethiopian Airlines expressed its disappointment on the wrong reporting of The New York Times titled “Ethiopian Airlines Had a Max 8 Simulator, but Pilot on Doomed Flight Didn’t Receive Training”
The airlines also urged all concerned bodies to refrain from making uninformed, incorrect, irresponsible, and misleading statements about Ethiopian Flight 302 which crashed on March 10, 2019 shortly after takeoff.
In a statement issued today, the airlines said “Ethiopian Airlines pilots completed the Boeing recommended and FAA approved differences training from the B-737 NG aircraft to the B-737 MAX aircraft before the phase in of the B-737-8 MAX fleet to the Ethiopian operation and before they start flying the B-737-8 MAX.”
“The pilots are also made aware and well briefed on the Emergency Airworthiness Directive issued by the FAA following the Lion Air Accident. The content of the airworthiness directive has also been well incorporated in all pilot training manuals, operational procedures and working manuals,” the statement added.
The airlines stated that the B-737 MAX full flight simulator is not designed to simulate the MCAS system problems.
It finally called on all concerned to refrain from making such uninformed, incorrect, irresponsible, and misleading statements during the period of the accident investigation. International regulations require all stakeholders to wait patiently for the result of the investigation.