The Ethiopian airline B737 Max situation is sad, painful and unfortunate. My deepest condolences go to the bereaved families”, Mr Lamptey said in a short perspective.
Recently, the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft crashed shortly after it took off for the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, killing all 157 people on board.
The Boeing 737 Max 8 had a technical issue which had to be corrected, by the manufacturer, Boeing. However, this correction had not been communicated effectively by the manufacturer. Hence what has happened in Ethiopia recently and Indonesia six months ago.
It is imperative for the manufacturer to ensure meticulous cross checks to avoid such unfortunate situations.
Mr Tewolde, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, who also had grounded their B737 Max aircraft said, the Aviation Authorities also in other nations must have good reason to ground the aircraft adding that safety is paramount and grounding is the right thing to do. “Extreme precaution” was needed and “all of us who have grounded the plane have very good justification,” Mr Tewolde said.
Grounding of the B737 Max was a prudent and pragmatic decision by all who took the initiative to do so themselves. We cannot afford to compromise safety and security with regards to human lives. That´s why it is important to have the proper flight training before becoming a pilot so you have the right decisions in these situations.
Ethiopian Airlines is one of the best Airlines in the world.
Ghana is collaborating with Ethiopian Airlines to setup the National Airline, of which Ghana has the majority shares 51% and Ethiopian Airlines 49%. However, the general Ghanaian public would have 41% (private public partnership) and Ghana Government’s share is 10%.
We have experienced Ghanaian pilots abroad who have shown interest in coming home to be part of the national airline. The combination of their rich experience would contribute immensely to a successful incoming National Airline. Safety and security would definitely not be compromised, passenger hospitality and comfort would be assured.
The Minister of Aviation has mandated me to undertake the operational dimension of the national airline to recruit pilots etc and facilitating other projects within the ongoing process.
In my opinion, the government’s vision for a national airline in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines would be successful.