By Nizar Manek and Christopher Jasper, April 4 2019
Preliminary report says pilots followed all safety procedures
Africa’s largest carrier known for pilot training, newer fleet
African air disasters always used to lead to the same conclusion -- with the airline blamed for poor maintenance, ancient planes or poorly trained pilots, and often a combination of all three.
But when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing Co. 737 crashed near Addis Ababa last month, a curious thing happened: Industry experts immediately began to question the safety not of the carrier, but the plane itself.