Chinese group looks at the arrival flight schedule at Nairobi airp

  But Geoffrey Thomas, the editor in chief of Airline Ratings, told CNN the Ethiopian Airlines c

rash on Sunday had “significant differences” to the Lion Air crash last year. On the Lion Air flight, ther

e were “wild fluctuations in air speed and… we continued to get data from the plane all the way down to impact.”

  Sunday’s crash, however, had “no fluctuations and all of the sudden transmission” c

eased, he said. “That transmission ceasing indicates catastrophic failure in air.””I think [Eth

iopian Airlines] are going to be looking at whether there was an engine failure,” CNN’s Quest said. “The plane is cli

mbing out at a normal fashion, but there are mountains in the area, and longstanding pilots are well aware that if you

have an issue departing Addis on that particular route, you’ve got a mountain in front of you.”

  The aerospace giant said in a press statement that it was “deeply saddened to learn of the pa

ssing of the passengers and crew.” It added that a “Boeing technical team is prepared to provide technical assi

stance at the request and under the direction of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.”

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