Man Says He Missed Doomed Ethiopian Airlines Flight by Minutes: 'I Collapsed'

Man Says He Missed Doomed Ethiopian Airlines Flight by Minutes: 'I Collapsed'

He said Ethiopian Airlines has grounded its fleet of MAX 8s, along with several other countries, including China, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Pius Adesanmi is one of 157 people who died when the Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed just after takeoff Sunday, reportedly due to technical issues.

A Chinese man mourns a victim of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash during a commemoration ceremony at the scene of the crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 13, 2019.

Also on Monday, Ethiopian Airlines announced it has found the flight data and voice recorders, potentially helping speed up the process to investigate the cause of the crash.

In the same emotional post entitled "My Lucky Day", Mavropoulos shared a photo of his boarding pass and said, "I lost the flight - the moment I made that thought I collapsed because then exactly I realized how lucky I stood". Boeing's 737 historically have an outstanding safety record, and no potential causes - including human error, random malfunction or terrorism - have yet been ruled out. On Monday, the FAA released details of a series of design changes and training requirements mandated from Boeing on the MAX fleet after the Indonesia crash.

Little is known about the Ethiopian Airlines pilots flying the jet on Sunday morning.


Ethiopian Airlines Chief Executive Tewolde Gebremariam told CNN on Tuesday that the pilot reported "flight control problems" and asked to return to the airport. What particular problems he cited in those communications are unclear.

In both disasters, flight tracking data shows the pilots struggled to keep their aircrafts' noses up and maintain altitude - an issue US regulators sought to address late a year ago, sending an emergency directive for all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 planes and warning of an "unsafe condition" that could lead to "excessive nose-down attitude, significant altitude loss, and possible impact with terrain".

A 50,000-member flight-attendants union is calling on the USA government to investigate the Boeing 737 Max 8.

According to the daily, many airlines had schedules planned around deliveries of the 737 Max, which could be affected by a prolonged grounding. "Nor have other civil aviation authorities provided data to us that would warrant action". Major U.S. airlines such as Southwest- which uses 34 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft - say they're confident in the plane.

Boeing had by January received 5,011 orders for the plane with plans for the launch of a Max 10 model having been set for 2020.

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