On Tuesday, airline CEO Tewolde GebreMariam told CNN avia

  tion expert Richard Quest that the pilots of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302

told air traffic control they were having “flight control problems” before the crash.

  That suggests the plane was not responding to pilots’ inputs and they were losing control of the aircraft, Quest explains.

  GebreMariam said the flight data recorders “will be sent overseas,” rather than being re

ad in Ethiopia, which does not have the technical capability to do it, but did not specify where.

  Pilots were aware of an airworthiness directive issued after the Lion Air crash in October and had had additional training, he said.

  While some international airlines and governments grounded the 737 MAX 8 planes, US airlines, the FAA and Boeing had not.

  Quest said of the CAA’s decision, “the pressure is now intensifying on the FAA when world-respect

ed authorities like the CAA and Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority have safety concerns about the aircraft.”

  ”It will be very difficult for the FAA to withstand the pressure to actually do something rather than just adopting this wait-and-see approach.”

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