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Ethiopia plane crash | New Zealand terror attack

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Monday, 18 March 2019

 

Editor's note

The fatal crash of a Boeing 737 Max operated by Ethiopian Airlines appears to have been the result of a malfunction in an automated control system, according to Arizona State University aerospace engineer Timothy Takahashi’s analysis of the plane’s actual speed, altitude and other data. This finding fits with major concerns raised around the world about the safety of the aircraft’s software.

Messages of solidarity continued to pour in following the terror attack on two mosques in New Zealand in the middle of Friday prayers. Greg Barton explains why commentators and political leaders need to make a commitment to curbing a political environment that allows hateful extremism to be promulgated openly.

Jeff Inglis

Science + Technology Editor

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Wreckage from Ethiopia Airlines Flight 302 lies near the crash site outside Addis Ababa. AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene

Automated control system caused Ethiopia crash, flight data suggests

Timothy Takahashi, Arizona State University

An analysis of flight data shows that problems began at a point when the pilot would normally have engaged the autopilot system.

A cacophony of hateful rhetoric has made it hard for those tasked with spotting the emergence of violent extremism to separate it from the background noise. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Christchurch attacks are a stark warning of toxic political environment that allows hate to flourish

Greg Barton, Deakin University

There is deep sadness in the Christchurch attacks, but little shock. We need to address the permissive political environment that allows such hateful extremism to be promulgated so openly.

Boeing 737 Max

Boeing 737 Max: air safety, market pressures and cockpit technology

Oihab Allal-Chérif, Neoma Business School

The 737 Max is the best-selling airliner ever. But two have crashed in five months, killing 346, damaging Boeing's future and raising questions about the increasing sophistication of cockpit technology.

All Boeing 737 MAX flights grounded – and travellers could feel it in the hip pocket

Chrystal Zhang, Swinburne University of Technology

The fallout from Boeing grounding some of its aircraft amid safety concerns will hit both passengers and airlines. Be prepared for delays and higher fares.

New Zealand attacks

Why news outlets should think twice about republishing the New Zealand mosque shooter’s livestream

Colleen Murrell, Swinburne University of Technology

People are sharing the gruesome video posted by the Christchurch mosque gunman. What is the responsibility of news agencies in such a situation?

Why overhauling NZ’s gun and terrorism laws alone can’t stop terrorist attacks

John Battersby, Massey University

My research focuses on terrorism in or affecting New Zealand. Until yesterday, my phone didn’t ring often because few were interested in anything I had to say. Since yesterday, it has not stopped.

Politics + Society

Study shows why African refugees stay put despite end to conflict at home

Sikanyiso Masuku, University of Cape Town

The lengthy nature of some of Africa's wars is one of the main hindrances to ending the "refugee cycle".

Why it’s significant that the UK has returned the locks of hair of an Ethiopian king

Mohammed Girma, University of Pretoria

Ethiopia is a storytelling nation in which Emperor Tewodros has a special place.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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