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March 13, 2019, 8:53 a.m. EDT

Pilot of crashed Ethiopian Airlines jet reported flight-control problems

The pilot didn’t mention bird interference or other external problems

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By Matina Stevis-Gridneff


ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia—The pilot of the Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed Sunday reported that he was having flight-control problems and wanted to return to the airport, the chief executive of the airline said.

In recordings of the pilot’s conversations with controllers, he didn’t indicate any external problems with the jet or the flight, like a bird collision, CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told The Wall Street Journal.

Gebremariam said the black boxes recovered from the jet would be sent to Europe for analysis, although a final determination as to which country hasn’t been made.

The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crashed shortly after takeoff while on a scheduled Addis Ababa-Nairobi flight, killing all 157 people on board. Boeing /zigman2/quotes/208579720/composite BA -1.06%  has maintained the jet is safe to fly after Sunday’s crash in Ethiopia and the crash of another 737 MAX 8 in Indonesia in October.

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com .

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