I'm a huge fan of Boeing, and I think it's absolutely horrible that an airline wouldn't spend the extra money to equip their aircraft with an extra AOA vane and an AOA disagree light, so their pilots know this problem is happening...
Not at all, given that the plane is certified as being safe without that option.
It's also been disputed that an extra AOA vane is actually an option (yes, I know the AOA Disagree indicator is).
Without weighing in on your argument, they released that on behalf of the Ethiopian authorities, as I believe they are not part of the investigation team and the wording says 'the investigation team noticed...'
Be careful with wording on PR pieces. It is often intentionally vague.
The wording seems pretty clear...
"As part of the recovery process, correct data extraction from both the FDR and CVR was verified by the Ethiopian Accident Investigation Bureau, BEA and NTSB."
So the data was verified by the EAIB, BEA and NTSB. It then says...
"During the verification process
of the FDR data, clear similarities were noted..."
That's what the Ethiopian AIB wants you to think. Whether that's true or not is unclear. Note the disclaimers in bold at the bottom of the page. Clearly part of the quid pro quo for going to the BEA was this kind of politician-like stuff. BEA makes it very clear that all they did was download and verify the data, and that's it, and the EAIB said thank you very much and buh-bye. Make no mistake: the Ethiopian AIB, meaning the Ethiopian Government, meaning the owner of the airline -- whose people are proven past liars -- is running this investigation.
No, the BEA clearly says the data was verified by EAIB, BEA and
NTSB and during that verification process
the similarities were noted.
The NTSB are fully involved in this investigation. If they were being sidelined in the manner that you're suggesting, I'm sure they would have made it known. Do you not think?
In Washington, however, U.S. officials told Reuters that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. National Transportation Safety Board have not validated the data yet.
When investigators, after reviewing black box data, return to Addis Ababa and start conducting interpretive work, the NTSB and FAA will assist in verification and validation of the data, an official said.
A second source said little information had been circulated between parties about the contents of data and voice recordings.
Okay. I mean it's only Reuters.. We all know how disruptable they are!
Are you saying the BEA is lying? The Reuters article says it was last updated 12 hours ago. What time was the BEA PR released?
If the BEA makes a statement it will be done with the approval of the state of investigation.
Hence the two lines at the end of the PR to confirm that the information was released with the authority of the EAIB, per ICAO standards.
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