However, there is no way of knowing if anything other tha

  n coincidence is to blame. Boeing’s 737 historically have an outstanding safety record, and no potential causes — includ

ing human error, random malfunction or terrorism — have yet been ruled out.

  Furthermore, eyewitnesses told CNN that they saw the plane swerving, dipping and emitti

ng smoke as it came down. Those details don’t immediately match with the Lion Air crash.

  We don’t know what technical problems the pilot reported

  Little is known about the Ethiopian Airlines pilots flying the jet on Sunday morning. One of the pilots had flown mo

re than 8,000 hours, according to company CEO GebreMariam. He had an “excellent flying record,” GebreMariam added.

  GebreMariam also told reporters at a press conference that the pilo

t in contact with air traffic control had reported technical difficulties, and later elabo

rated to CNN that he reported “flight control problems.” He asked for clearance to return to Addis Ababa, which

he was granted. What particular problems he cited in those communications are unclear.

  The Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane had flown into Addis Ababa Sunday morning from Johannesburg on Flight ET858.

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