Ethiopian crash could be largest non-war aviation reinsurance claim

The airplane, operated by Ethiopian Airlines, was the same model as the Indonesian Lion Air plane which crashed in October, killing 189 people on board.

Reports indicate that shortly after take-off at about 137M above the ground, the plane's nose began to pitch down.

Remnants of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 which crashed shortly after take-off on Sunday.

First Officer Ahmed Nur Mohammed contacted the control tower and in a crackling transmission reported a "flight control problem", according to the newspaper, which cited people close to the ongoing investigation.

A man carries a piece of debris on his head at the crash site of a Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines flight near Bishoftu, a town some 60 kilometres southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 10 March 2019.

It was yet another blow to aviation giant Boeing, which just this week unveiled a fix to the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) that Boeing created to prevent stalls in its new plane.

"WSJ quoting people familiar with the investigations that have seen Boeing 737 Max planes grounded in several countries reports that the crash" paints a picture of a catastrophic failure that quickly overwhelmed the flight crew".

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Liability claims related to the Ethiopian crash and 737 MAX grounding could be the largest aviation reinsurance claim outside of war on record, broker Willis Re said on Monday.

Boeing has redesigned the software so that it will disable MCAS if it receives conflicting data from its sensors.

The stakes are high, with Boeing trying to hold on to almost 5,000 MAX 737 orders; air safety regulators facing questions over their scrutiny of the aircraft; and airlines and victims' families looking for answers - and potentially compensation.

The best way to recover is to put the plane's nose down, an attempt to pick up speed, and regain lift - but only as long as there's sufficient altitude to perform the maneuver. This was previously an optional safety feature.

Steven Marks, the lawyer for Musoni's family, said information from the recent tragedies, as well as pilot reports, 'made it crystal clear that the cause of these two crashes are the same'.

A Boeing spokeswoman declined to comment on Thursday's complaint in a federal court in Chicago.

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