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Doomed Lion Air jet's airspeed indicator failed on last four flights

07 November 2018, 06:15 | Devin Moran

The Boeing 737 MAX 8

The Boeing 737 MAX 8

The doomed Lion Air jet's last four flights all had an airspeed indicator problem, according to black-box data, says the head of Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee, Soerjanto Tjahjono.

The bulletin directs "operators to existing flight crew procedures to address circumstances where there's erroneous input from an AOA sensor", according to a statement by Boeing.

Boeing has issued a warning to airlines using its 737 MAX planes after a sensor failure was identified as a potential cause of the crash of a passenger flight near Indonesia.

Muhammad Bambang Sukandar, the father of another victim, said Lion Air technicians needed to take "full responsibility" if it was proved they had not properly attended to technical issues following the jet's previous flight from Bali to Jakarta.

On Monday, November 5, Indonesian officials arranged for a meeting between the families of the victims of downed Lion Air flight JT-610 as well as the search and rescue officials investigating the accident.

The new details revealing an air speed indicator problem - gleaned from a recovered flight data recorder - come after the government said it was launching a "special audit" of the budget carrier's operations.

The Lion Air flight with 189 people on board crashed into the sea moments after taking off from Indonesia's capital on October 29, marking the first crash involving the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.

Cox said that once investigators have all the data, they will work backward to determine if there was a problem with one of the plane's systems or if pilot decisions put the plane in peril.




Representatives of 737 MAX operators, Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIAL.SI) offshoot SilkAir, Garuda Indonesia (GIAA.JK) and Canada's WestJet Ltd (WJA.TO), said they had not yet received a bulletin from Boeing.

The two-month-old plane went into a sudden dive minutes after take-off, which the pilots were able to recover from.

Indonesia's transport ministry has scheduled a briefing at 12.30pm in Jakarta on Wednesday to share updated information on the Lion Air accident. Passengers on that Sunday night flight said a variety of issues caused frustration and alarm among fellow travelers.

Pilots had reported a problem with one of the plane's instruments on a flight the day before the crash.

It is understood that this is a 737 MAX problem only and there are about 200 in service.

Tjahjono said that the KNKT has asked the United States' National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Boeing to take the necessary measures to deal with issues with the speed indicator.

Hundreds of mourners aboard a pair of Indonesian navy vessels tossed bouquets and scattered flower petals into the Java Sea on Tuesday, near the spot where the brand new jet crashed. Police medical experts have received almost 140 body bags of human remains and have identified 14 victims.

The inspection of plane debris indicated the aircraft didn't explode mid-air before plunging into the Java Sea, Tjahjono said earlier on Monday.



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