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‘Pitch up, pitch up’: Final moments of Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max jet before crash

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A pilot on the Ethiopian Airlines flight which crashed three weeks ago was heard saying “pitch up, pitch up” just moments before the disaster, the Wall St Journal has reported

The conversation happened when the plane was just 450ft (137m) off the ground as the aircraft begun to point downwards, according to the paper. 

The plane’s radio reportedly died moments after the comment was captured. All 157 people on board were killed when the Boeing 737 Max crashed. 

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In the days since the horrific Ethiopian Airlines crash, I have received a lot of email from pilots, aircraft engineers, and others with experience in aviation. These have been in response to three previous posts: first here, then here, then most recently here (with quotes from pilots’ observations about the Boeing 737 Max via NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System).

While I sift through the other messages, let me start with one from a highly experienced pilot and flight instructor. His name is Wally Magathan, and he has worked as an airline pilot, an Air Force pilot and C-5 Galaxy flight instructor, and an instructor in airline L-1011 flight-simulators. I know him through COPA, the organization of pilots and owners of Cirrus’s small single-engine airplanes.

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