Experts believe that the pilot wanted to get a reserve for maneuver.
Following the interpretation of the voice recorder, it turned out that the pilot of the Boeing 737-8 MAX airline Ethiopian Airlines told the dispatcher about the problems with control and asked to raise the plane 4.2 kilometers above sea level. Soon after, the crew requested permission to return to the airport, and then the board disappeared from radar screens at an altitude of 3.3 thousand meters. This was reported by Reuters.
As the agency reports, citing experts, as a rule, pilots are asked for permission to climb when they have problems with the ground in order to gain reserve for maneuver and avoid any difficult terrain. The capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, where the plane departed from, is surrounded by hills and the Entoto mountain range, which reaches an altitude of 3200 meters above sea level.
On March 13, it became known that the pilot of the Boeing 737 Max airplane crashed in Ethiopia, informed the dispatchers about problems in the flight control system and wanted to return to the airport.
Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 crashed in Ethiopia on March 10 – all 157 people died on board. This is the second crash with the aircraft of this model over the past six months: in October 2018, the Indonesian aircraft Lion Air crashed . As a result, almost all countries of the world temporarily banned flights of the Boeing 737 Max, including Russia.