Pitch up, pitch up” were the words a pilot was heard saying on the Ethiopian Airlines flight just moments before it crashed three weeks back killing 157 people, reported the Wall St Journal.
The recorded conversation took place while the plane was just 450ft (137m) off the ground as the aircraft begun to point downwards, the paper said. The flight’s radio reportedly died moments after the comment was captured.
The plane’s anti-stalling system, which sees its direction automatically righted if a sensor picks up the aircraft is tilting up too far, has been blamed for the disaster, the report pointed out.
Probe into the accident is ongoing and the cause behind it is yet to be made public.
The newspaper had reported on Friday that investigators found that the flight-control system on an Ethiopian Airlines jet got automatically activated before the aircraft went down on March 10.
The preliminary conclusion was based on information from the aircraft’s data and voice recorders and shows a link between that accident and an earlier Lion Air crash in Indonesia, the daily pointed out.
On Friday, The New York Times said the Ethiopian plane’s data recorder indicated that a sensor incorrectly triggered the anti-stall system, called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).
As it was activated, the plane plunged and ultimately crashed, the newspaper added.