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The final minutes of Ethiopian Airlines' doomed Boeing 737 MAX

New details paint a picture of a catastrophic failure that quickly overwhelmed the flight crew

American civil aviation and Boeing investigators search through the debris at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash near the town of Bishoftu in Ethiopia on March 12 	Photo: REUTERS
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American civil aviation and Boeing investigators search through the debris at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash near the town of Bishoftu in Ethiopia on March 12 | Photo: Reuters

Matina Stevis-Gridneff & Yonathan Menkir Kassa | WSJ Addis Ababa
It took less than six minutes to deepen one of the gravest crises in the history of Boeing Co.
 
At 8:37 a.m. on March 10, Captain Yared Getachew and First Officer Ahmed Nur Mohammed were accelerating an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX along runway 07R of Addis Ababa’s highland airport.
 
The flight conditions were perfect—warm and cloudless—at 8:38 as the jet lifted above the hills to commence the one hour and 40 minute shuttle to Nairobi.
 
Something almost immediately went wrong. At 8:39, as the jet reached an altitude of 8,100 feet above sea level, just 450

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First Published: Mar 30 2019 | 11:55 PM IST

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