In response to Media reporting “The captain of a doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight did not practise on a new simulator for the Boeing 737 Max 8″, the Ethiopian Airlines released a statement urging not to make irresponsible sand misleading statements (about the pilots skills) during the period of the accident.
Ethiopian Airlines says that the pilots of the ill fated 737MAX8 Flight #ET302 have completed the Boeing recommended and FAA approved differences training from the B-737 NG to the B-737 MAX aircraft before the phase in of the B-737-8 MAX fleet.
It says the content of the Airworthiness directive issued after lion Air crash has also been well incorporated in all pilot training manuals, operational procedures and working manuals”
“Boeing did not send manuals on MCAS,”… and “Actually, we know more about the MCAS system from the media than from Boeing.” Ethiopian Airline told Reuters in a Hotel Lobby.
In a statement released today, the airline said “Ethiopian Airlines pilots completed the Boeing recommended and FAA approved differences training from the B-737 NG aircraft to the B-737 MAX aircraft before the phase in of the B-737-8 MAX fleet to the Ethiopian operation and before they start flying the B-737-8 MAX.”
“The pilots are also made aware and well briefed on the Emergency Airworthiness directives issued by the FAA following the Lion Air Accident. The content of the Airworthiness directive has also been well incorporated in all pilot training manuals, operational procedures and working manuals”
“The B-737 MAX full flight simulator is not designed to simulate the MCAS system problems. We urge all concerned to refrain from making such uninformed, incorrect, irresponsible sand misleading statements during the period of the accident investigation. International regulations require all stakeholders to wait patiently for the result of the investigation”