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Investigators believe anti-stall system activated in Ethiopian crash: WSJ

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Published on March 29, 2019 - Duration: 01:40s

Investigators believe anti-stall system activated in Ethiopian crash: WSJ

Investigators looking into a Boeing 737 MAX crash in Ethiopia that killed 157 people have reached a preliminary conclusion that an anti-stall system was activated before the plane hit the ground, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people briefed on the matter.

Michelle Hennessy reports.

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Investigators believe anti-stall system activated in Ethiopian crash: WSJ

Investigators looking into the Boeing 737 MAX crash in Ethiopia have reached a preliminary conclusion - and it shows an anti-stall system was activated before the plane plunged, and killed all 157 people on board.

That's according to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Friday (March 29) that cited people briefed on the investigation.

Four Reuters sources said on Thursday (March 28) that U.S. safety investigators have also reviewed data from the plane's black boxes.

The U.S. officials said a preliminary report is expected within days.

The plane crashed on March 10, shortly after taking off.

And the anti-stall system - called the MCAS - is at the center of safety concerns.

Boeing's fastest selling jet has orders worth more than 500 billion dollars at list prices.

And is currently grounded globally - by the FAA.

An investigation into a separate 737 MAX crash in Indonesia last year, has focused on the same system.

Boeing has announced a planned software fix that would prevent repeated operation of the anti-stall system.

And the company says they've developed a training package that pilots would be required to take before the worldwide ban can be lifted.

Pilot training provided by Boeing and airlines has come under scrutiny as investigators worldwide try to determine the exact causes of the two crashes that happened within five months of each other.

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