Ethiopia’s transport minister confirms the flight crew of the Boeing 737 followed proper safety protocol shortly before crashing last month.
The official made the remarks during a press conference on Thursday saying they followed proper safety procedures but ultimately, they were “not able to control the aircraft.”
His comments come before the preliminary report was released and just weeks after the aircraft crashed shortly after take-off, killing all 157 people on board.
According to Boeing, the flight crew did not follow the safety procedures adequately suggesting the tragic crash could have been stopped.
Experts claim the flight control system could have also had a role in the crash because in a prior incident it activated itself during flight and forced the plane to nose dive.
President Trump previously grounded all aircraft of its type, and Boeing is expected to introduce a software fix in the next few weeks in hopes of finding a solution.