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Report: Pilots Followed Procedures Before Ethiopia Crash

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Published on April 4, 2019 - Duration: 01:16s

Report: Pilots Followed Procedures Before Ethiopia Crash

Preliminary findings show the pilots turned off the Boeing 737 MAX's automated flight control system but were unable to regain control of the plane.

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Report: Pilots Followed Procedures Before Ethiopia Crash

Pilots on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 followed Boeing's emergency procedures before the plane went down, according to a new report out Tuesday.

Sources familiar with the probe into the deadly crash told  the Wall Street Journal  preliminary findings showed the pilots deactivated the plane's automated flight control system but were unable to regain control of the plane.

Flight 302 crashed en route to Nairobi, Kenya, last month, killing all 157 people on board.

The crash has been compared to a Lion Air plane crash in October.

That plane  crashed into the Java Sea , killing all 189 people on board.

Both planes were new Boeing 737 MAX 8s.

Officials have said they believe the  Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System , or MCAS, could have caused both crashes.

As we've  previously reported , the MCAS pulls the plane's nose down automatically if data says the nose's angle is too high.

But if the sensor is wrong, the MCAS would force the nose of the plane down anyway — leading to a nosedive.   Boeing 737 MAX airplanes were grounded worldwide in response to the crashes.

The details about the Ethiopian Airlines crash released Tuesday are reportedly part of preliminary findings.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN .

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