What really caused the Ethiopian Airlines Crash?

Disclaimer: This article includes news coverage up until 25th March 2019. Further updates in the investigation will render this article subject to change.

105336424-1531894657173gettyimages-150420592.530x298

 

Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 claimed the lives of all 157 passengers after a fatal crash on 10 March 2019. The flight was a mere 6 minutes into its journey before complications arose, leading to its tragic crash near Addis Ababa.

Among the 157 fatalities, 19 United Nations members lost their lives on the morning of 10 March 2019. Thorough investigations were conducted on 12 March 2019 in an effort to recover vital information sources such as the aircraft’s black box. Forensic investigators, together with Ethiopian Airlines’ employees combed through the debris of the crash site, guarding themselves with surgical masks and white forensic suits. The aircraft was reduced to several broken pieces, however, after hours of searching, the black box was ultimately recovered. The recordings that were recovered from the black box revealed pertinent information relating to the crash. This information is currently being analysed for details regarding the flight pattern, distress signals and software malfunctions.

The Kenya-bound plane is the second tragic crash involving the notorious Boeing 737 max 8 airplanes. The previous incident, involving the Indonesian Lion Air flight, occurred no less than five months prior to the Ethiopian Airlines crash. Thorough investigations into both flights revealed an unsettling number of similarities between the nature of the crash. In both instances, the pilots identified complications within the aircraft, requested an emergency landing, and tragically lost contact with ground control. Initial reporting alleged that the aircraft’s automatic control systems, specifically, the  Boeing’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) were to blame for the deadly crash. The MCAS is an anti-stall software system that aims to prevent the aircraft from stalling during the flight. Senior officials close to the case have confirmed their belief that the MCAS was active during both the Ethiopian Airlines crash, as well as the Indonesian Airlines crash. Reports also called into question the capability of the aircraft’s crew, citing a lack of simulation training as a possible reason for their failure to shut down the MCAS software. However, these allegations were refuted in recent reports by a direct statement from the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam. GebreMariam, who has publicly criticised Boeing’s lack of transparency regarding changes in the operation of the MCAS software, expressed his frustrations regarding the questioning of his crew. GebreMariam insists that all Ethiopian Airlines crew are fully prepared and adequately trained to handle crisis situations. GebreMariam also referred to the crew’s intensive simulation training, ultimately holding Boeing responsible for their inability to inform crew of the MCAS’ latest operational changes. GebreMariam’s reference to MCAS’ involvement emphasises the role that Boeing’s anti-stalling software played in the crash. After the Indonesian Airlines crash, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg publicly admitted that the company should have provided full disclosure regarding the operation of the MCAS. Therefore, while English and French investigators continue to analyse the flight data, it is evident that the recent alterations to the MCAS played a definitive role in both Boeing aircraft crashes.

The consecutive crashes involving the Boeing 737 max 8 aircrafts have resulted in the tarnished reputation of a once reputable manufacturer. Data analysis that was collected in the aftermath of the Ethiopian Airlines crash show a startling decrease in the company’s market value. With shares dropping between 5-13,5% since the crash, Boeing has suffered blows to both its reputation as well as its financial state, with reports indicating that the company has lost billions of dollars already.

News of the second fatal crash in five short months caused widespread panic among customers, as well as the airlines carrying Boeing 737 max 8 aircrafts in their fleet. The Ethiopian Airlines crash triggered international outrage, resulting in the grounding of Boeing 737 aircrafts in countries all over the world. The United Kingdom, Australia and China are a few of the countries who have banned the departure and arrival of Boeing 737 aircrafts on their land. The international protest against Boeing’s frequent malfunctions, together with the lack of transparency provided by the company, has resulted in many people refusing to travel aboard the specific aircraft. In the days following the crash, many airlines provided passengers with the option to be refunded, should their plane be identified as a Boeing 737.

Boeing’s CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, made a statement offering condolences to the families of the victims as well as to Ethiopian Airlines. Muilenburg acknowledged Boeing’s failure to fully disclose information, while simultaneously revealing the company’s plan to release an updated software system in the near future. The software system will be updated in accordance with the investigation’s findings. The company has also assured the public that detail and care will be applied during the update process, so as to not create additional complications in the aircraft’s software. Boeing have yet to announce an estimated date regarding the release of the updated software, however, passengers and airlines can rest assured in the knowledge that all Boeing 737 max aircrafts will remain grounded during the construction process.

On behalf of all South Africans, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers, while actively lobbying for increased transparency. 

Copyright

Priyanka Govender © 2019.

Advertisements

5 Podcasts That Don’t Suck

Advertisements

Even though Podcasts have been around since forever, I was never really inclined to invest my time in them. Perhaps I never found a podcaster that piqued my interest or spoke about topics that I could relate to. But thankfully, I decided to give podcasts a second chance, and I’ve been laughing my way through traffic ever since.

 

After some thorough research, I managed to round up 5 podcasts that are so great, you’ll wonder why you never listened to them before.

 

1. “Views” with David Dobrik and Jason Nash

1ea263069b2cd2746b55460ac6ee2d25d3f4c9aecbc1e651439fb050d102b8bb4c82ee123f9d04286c43ac5cd18dabf5514405aedfbc5a7ac28612e65f379c76

 

Warning: Do not listen to this podcast in public because you will most definitely look like a lunatic, laughing maniacally to yourself.

Anything that features the comedic brilliance of David Dobrik and Jason Nash is guaranteed to induce bouts of laughter. So its no surprise that the duo’s podcast, “Views” which airs every Thursday night, sits comfortably at the top of the comedy charts on Spotify.

David Dobrik is a 22 year old YouTube sensation with an impressive collection of vlogs under his belt. Together with fellow 45 year old vlogger Jason Nash, these two have successfully produced hours of A-grade banter for listeners to enjoy.

“Views” allows fans of Dobrik to delve deeper into the makings of this internet sensation. The unscripted story telling and personal anecdotes that they share ultimately humanise the larger than life character that is David Dobrik. With Nash as comedic support, the podcast is reminiscent of a group of friends joking around and poking fun at one another.

Thousands have compared David Dobrik’s vlog squad to the 90s sitcom “F.R.I.E.N.D.S” and the Views Podcast is further proof of this. Listening to Dobrik and Nash retell stories of risque adventures and crazy romances, listeners will be transported from their traffic-filled commute to the cosy familiarity of Central Perk coffee house.

 

2. Modern Love with WBUR and the New York Times

modern-love-courtesy-NYT

Where do I even begin?!

Modern Love is a popular New York Times column wherein readers submit their tales of love, loss and matters of the heart. These stories were expertly transformed into an audio experience through the creation of the Modern Love Podcast which is available on Spotify.

Hosted by the calming voice of Meghna Chakrabarti, Modern Love allows listeners to immerse themselves in the authentic human experience.

The stories are brought to life by Hollywood favourites such as Shameless star Emmy Rossum, Titanic’s Kate Winslet, Love and Other Drugs star Jake Gyllenhaal.

Each episode, which is approximately an hour long, delves deep within the intricacies of 21st century love. The concept of dating is broken down as it pertains to modern romantics. Heartache is explained through the lens of people who never fully achieve closure as a result of social media. Each story is packed with emotion, humour and poignant relatability across various age groups.

You will cry either from laughter or resonance, but trust me, you will cry. So keep the tissues on hand and enjoy a ride on this rollercoaster of human emotion.

 

3. I’m Sorry Dad with Ry Doon and Brandon Calvillo

600x600bb

Brought to you by the hilariously self-dubbed “I’m Sorry Dad Boys”, this comedy podcast is a laugh a minute.

Hosted by film-maker Brandon Calvillo and stand up comedian Ryan Doon, the weekly podcast is a series of hysterical anecdotes and expert story telling by some of YouTube’s most underrated creators.

Fair warning, the podcast is not for the faint-hearted, nor is it technically appropriate for listeners under the age of 16. But semantics aside, this podcast is 100% without a doubt hilarious. Crude sexual innuendos, relatable meme culture, and stories that explore millennial nuances, this podcast is packed with equal parts lad-humour and a healthy dose of realism, gender equality and intelligent discussions.

Calvillo and Doon are often joined by fellow comedians such Jason Nash and Alex Ernst whose personal experiences also add to the overall humour of the podcast.

You can catch these guys every week on Spotify! Make sure to listen closely for details about upcoming comedy shows.

 

4. Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig

download (1)

How can you not love Grace Helbig? The YouTube star has combined her love of story telling with her comedic genius in order to bring us this unique, fun and relatable take on modern culture.

Her podcast boasts a rotating cast of famous names such as Liza Koshy, Girl Boss Sophia Amuruso, Drake and Josh star Josh Peck etc.

As the name suggests, the overall message of the show is that the opinions shared should not be taken too seriously. It is light hearted comedy paired with funny personal experiences and commentary on millennial culture.

Intended solely to make her listeners laugh, Grace Helbig does a fantastic job of interviewing household names and bringing out the very best of the entertainment industry.

 

5. Congratulations with Chris D’elia

maxresdefault (10).jpg

If you’re looking for brutal honesty, unscripted comedic genius and edgy satirical humour, look no further than Chris D’elia.

With new episodes available every Tuesday on Spotify, the “Congratulations” podcast hosted by comedy legend Chris D’elia will definitely bring about ab-inducing laughter.

The stand up comedian boasts a number of highly acclaimed comedy specials such as Netflix “Incorrigible” and “Man on Fire”. His podcast is not intended for younger audiences, so perhaps listen to this funny podcast during your work commute or at the gym.

Each episode, which is roughly an hour long, is filled with observational humour and personal anecdotes that the comedian experiences on a day to day basis. His signature style of edgy, risque humour pairs perfectly with his on the spot comedy sketches.

This podcast is definitely a winner for fans who enjoy Chris D’elia’s unique style of comedy.

-Pri

All text is subject to copyright (2018)

Images are not my own

Advertisements
Advertisements
Advertisements

Brandon Calvillo: Short Films That Make You Think

Have you ever scrolled through YouTube, not really looking for anything specific, and then all of a sudden, you stumble upon a goldmine?

That’s sort of what it was like when I came across Brandon Calvillo’s YouTube channel 

503fc0eedae588e94a764ab3e6ae65bd

Who is he?

Brandon Calvillo is a 23 year old former Vine star (RIP Vine) who quickly rose to the top of the charts with his hilarious 6 second videos.

Together with brothers Jesse and Gregory, Brandon Calvillo has established himself as one of the most influential social media comedians.

Today, Brandon continues to entertain millions as a regular member in David Dobrik’s vlogs. He also hosts a successful podcast called “I’m sorry dad” with fellow comedian Ry Doon. Calvillo is also present within the Instagram environment, producing “silent vines” that manage to tackle political, racial and gender bias, all the while retaining comedic undertones.

His unique sense of humour played an integral role in setting him apart from other viners his age. Often thought of as satirical, dark humour, Calvillo explored avenues of comedy that forced viewers to think deeper, and in turn, revealed his own self-awareness.

His transition to YouTube was slow, but steady and currently boasts some of the best short films in the industry.

Why his short films are important:

Calvillo’s films are quite simply, works of art. The talented young creator tells stories so masterfully, that he is able to capture the intricacies of the millennial experience within a relatively short video.

Presumably drawing from his personal experiences, or perhaps observation, each video Calvillo produces leaves the viewer with a resounding sense of fascination. By making the decision to incorporate highly subjective themes such as love and loss, Calvillo writes with the entire spectrum of human emotion in mind. This is of course, no mean feat, further highlighting his immense talent.

Wbps9njx_400x400

Many have referred to Calvillo’s sense of humour as “dark” or “disturbing”. Personally, I believe that may have been his intention all along. Film is a form of art, and art is only significant when it arouses profound emotion within you. These seemingly “dark” films force viewers to evaluate the current socio-political climate by showing them a perspective they have not seen before. Personally, Calvillo’s  ability to portray this in such a subtle manner is ingenious.

d23d59cd786fa9b52feaf337a0c5c131

Should you watch his films?

I would recommend Calvillo’s short films to everyone, especially those with an innate sense of wonder.

They are highly thought-provoking, humorous and entertaining across various age groups. Anyone seeking a deeper understanding of millennial culture will benefit greatly from these videos. The realistic portrayal of modern day relationships, international issues and the power of technology within everyday interactions is incredibly refreshing.

0ed7a0070acf504f9fc0c03488a90145
Brandon Calvillo: Film Director

Brandon Calvillo’s journey as a writer, director and film producer is off to a very successful start, and luckily for us viewers, it’s only the beginning.

-Pri

All text is subject to copyright (2018)

Images are not my own

Liza Koshy: The Screen Queen

She’s a modern day superhero with a skill set like no other

ca9ae9137d72f8fb67af4c22e3a5009e

Who is she?

To put it simply, Liza Koshy is the Queen of all screens. She is a huge personality in a petite frame and she is already making waves across the world.

Officially known as Elizabeth Koshy, she is a 22 year old social media sensation with the power to redefine what the term “celebrity” means.

Koshy who grew up in Houston, Texas (cue Beyonce) found fame in the former social media platform known as Vine.

Her quirky skits and animated facial expressions catapulted the young star to the top of the charts. Nearly every single one of her 6-second comedy videos went viral, and this pattern of success continued long into her career.

uwy735-l-610x610-jeans-liza+koshy-ripped+jeans-blue+jeans-loose

Like many former Vine personalities, Koshy made the transition to the popular video streaming site YouTube.

But there was something very different about Koshy’s YouTube transition, and indeed, it is this difference that sets her apart in the competitive field of content creation.

Dynamite comes in small packages

If there is anyone who encapsulates the meaning of the above quote, it is none other than Liza Koshy.

Her ingenious formula for success manifests itself in bite-sized comedy skits that burst with energy, and more importantly, authenticity.

Liza has maintained her bubbly personality across all social media platforms. Due to the nature of YouTube, she is able to showcase a side of herself that many of her supporters were eager to see. Through her original comedy segments such as “Target with Liza”, “Driving with Liza” and various makeup tutorial parodies, the young influencer has built her brand on clean, wholesome entertainment.

Her Humour

Liza Koshy is famous for her signature brand of pun-filled comedy. Many times dubbed “The Queen of Puns”, Liza honours the title by slipping hundreds of puns, dad-jokes and innuendos in her YouTube videos.

She has cracked the the YouTube code and managed to avoid the problem of demonetization that was experienced by thousands of high-performing entertainers.

Her ability to create comedic content that appeals to both millennials and Generation Z without the use of any curse words, drugs or alcohol, is incredibly impressive considering the current online climate.

Her clean content has allowed for solid relationships with world-renowned brands, sponsorship deals, and several roles in big Hollywood movies.

Liza+Koshy+6th+Annual+Streamy+Awards+Hosted+in4upB1O7eSl

It seems impossible to think that she can get even more impressive, but you will soon learn nothing is impossible when it comes to the universally loved Liza Koshy.

Her unscathed reputation and diligent work ethic has earned her once in a lifetime opportunities.

Case in Point: SHE INTERVIEWED BARACK OBAMA

If your jaw is on the ground, don’t worry, that is to be expected when learning about the empowered Ms Liza Koshy.

Her interest in human rights issues, politics, and equality has led her to the White House, various charity charity organisations and causes all around the world.

C1nw6QjUoAAW2f5
Liza Koshy in front of her future home

Her Diversity:

The self-proclaimed “little brown girl” challenged racial, gender, and social bias within the entertainment industry through her chart-topping success.

Referring to herself as “ethnically ambiguous”, Koshy explains that she is the product of an Indian father and a Caucasian mother.

By using humour, she managed to navigate the intricacies of racial discussion, and in turn, opened up a dialogue aimed at celebrating diversity.

Her decision to speak openly on a topic that was generally considered “taboo” within the YouTube environment, has empowered people of all shapes, sizes and colours to interact, form friendships and celebrate the beautiful differences in our world.

She is a woman who is not afraid to speak her mind, thus making her a role model for millions of young adults trying to find their place in this world. She is definitely a personal hero, and I find her authentic, uncensored approach to life incredibly refreshing.

Her Positivity:

If there is one thing you are always guaranteed to experience in Liza Koshy’s videos, it’s her infectious positive energy. I have yet to meet one person who didn’t leave a Liza Koshy video happier than they when they found it. She radiates good vibes, positive energy and encourages a community where people support one another. This has a profound impact on her young, impressionable viewers who will benefit greatly from watching her create her own happiness.

Her relationship:

Possibly one of the most popular couples to emerge from social media are Liza Koshy and David Dobrik.

liza-koshy-and-boyfriend-david-dobrik-1516890850-view-0

Their decision to publicize their relationship was extremely well-received, but their ability to keep certain aspects of the relationship private between just the two of them is not only smart, but incredibly admirable and realistic.

david-dobrik-1510116064

The two proudly support one another in the industry, and are more than happy to watch  eachother flourish independently.

Liza Koshy is often seen as a role model for young women who may struggle to find a balance between their relationship, and their independent dreams and goals.

By being the powerhouse, business-oriented woman that she is, Liza has inspired millions of people to succeed in both their personal relationships as well as their career aspirations.

Liza Koshy is a force of nature who will continue taking the world by storm no matter the elements.

She is both a personal role model, as well as an inspiration to millions all around the world.

Liza-Koshy-Net-Worth

Her future shines brighter each day with the promise of exciting opportunities.

Life is always changing, but there is definitely one guarantee: Liza Koshy will forever reign as the Queen of Screens.

-Pri

All text is subject to copyright (2018)

Images are not my own