The final words of one of the pilots of the Ethiopian Airlines flight which crashed on March 10 were “pitch up, pitch up!”, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The Boeing 737 Max plane crashed only six minutes into its flight from Addis Ababa, killing all the 157 people on board.
Those killed in the Nairobi-bound flight included at least 32 Kenyans.
Quoting people close to the ongoing investigation into the crash, the Wall Street Journal said the information it has “paints a picture of a catastrophic failure that quickly overwhelmed the flight crew”.
“It took less than six minutes to deepen one of the gravest crises in the history of Boeing,” the paper said.
Pleminary findings of the probe indicated that an anti-stalling system on the plane was to blame for the tragedy.
Boeing’s fastest-selling 737 MAX planes have been grounded globally by regulators, although some airlines are still flying them.
Meanwhile, the families of some of the Kenyans killed in the crash yesterday held special funeral services in Nakuru without their remains.
Ethiopian Airlines said it could take months for the remains to be identified.
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