Boeing Issues Safety Warning on 737 Max After Lion Air Crash

Boeing Issues Safety Warning on 737 Max After Lion Air Crash

Boeing Issues Safety Warning on 737 Max After Lion Air Crash

The advice is based on preliminary information gathered in the investigation of a Lion Air flight that crashed in Indonesia last week killing all 189 on board, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Images distributed on social media showed passengers on the runway observing the broken part of the plane.

Boeing Co. says it has issued a safety bulletin that reiterates guidelines on how pilots should respond to erroneous data from an "angle of attack" sensor following last week's crash of a Boeing plane in Indonesia that killed 189 people.

The manufacturer cautioned that the so-called angle-of-attack sensor can provide false readings in limited circumstances that cause the 737 Max to pitch nose downward.

On that October 28 flight, from Bali to Jakarta, the pilot's and copilot's sensors disagreed by about 20 degrees.

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As details have trickled out following the tragic Lion Air Flight 610 crash in Indonesia last week, one thing has become clear: the crew likely had an unbelievably confusing and desperate situation on their hands.

"An investigation will be carried out by Aircraft Inspection and Airworthiness Inspector, Airport Inspector and Aviation Navigation Inspector to see the cause of the incident and the appropriate follow-up steps", Acting Director General of Air Transportation M Pramintohadi Sukarno said. Chairman Soerjanto Tjahjono said the airspeed indicator and sensor problems are related.

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Boeing test pilot Jim Webb gives a thumbs-up from the cockpit of a 737 MAX 7 at Boeing Field, on March 16, 2018 in Seattle, Washington, after completing the plane's first flight.

An angle of attack sensor had been changed by mechanics on the ground in Bali the day before the crash, Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) has said.

Aircraft and engine manufacturers routinely send bulletins to air carriers noting safety measures and maintenance actions they should take, majority relatively routine.

Flight JT610 sped up as it suddenly lost altitude and then vanished from radar 12 minutes after take-off, with witnesses saying the single-aisle jet plunged into the water.

"But it is quite straightforward and we train for this all the time", the captain said.

There are more than 200 Boeing Max jets around the world, with orders for more than 4,700, according to Boeing's website.

Meanwhile, the search operation to recover the passengers, crew and the airplane's cockpit voice recorder is ongoing.

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