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Man who missed Ethiopian flight: 'Too young to die'

13 March 2019

On Sunday, the day Flight 302 crashed outside Addis Ababa killing all 157 passengers and crew on board, more than 1,250 Max 8 flights were tracked.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam says the pilot of the downed plane had flight control problems.

The pilot of the crashed Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 jet had reported flight-control problems and wanted to return to the airport, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing the chief executive officer of the airline.

Chinese relatives of victims who died in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 airliner visit the scene south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

GebreMariam said a recorded conversation with air traffic control detailed final moments of the flight.

The ill-fated flight was packed with humanitarian workers and global experts, many of whom were bound for a major United Nations environmental summit in the Kenyan capital.

He said he was put onto the next flight to Nairobi and only found out about the crash later on. "The pilots were well briefed on the air ordinance filed", he said.

In a statement issued Monday evening, Premier John Horgan said the government worker was "committed to tackling the challenges he saw around him in the world, both in his work to protect the environment and to advance reconciliation".

Boeing did not respond immediately to a request for comment, but it has previously said it provided appropriate information to pilots to use an existing procedure to handle the issue of erroneous data affecting the anti-stall system.

Boeing has said it has full confidence in the 737 MAX - a model that has 371 jets in operation around the world.

"We don't yet know the exact cause of the accident, and speculation is not helpful in either way but I think there are questions without answers on the airplane" he added.

Man who missed Ethiopian flight: 'Too young to die'