Boeing 737 Max safety alert issued after Lion Air crash

Rusdi Kirana

Rusdi Kirana

Indonesian accident investigators said on Monday that an airspeed indicator on the crashed jet was damaged for its last four flights, but US authorities responded cautiously to suggestions of fleet-wide checks.

Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) said it had agreed with Boeing on procedures that the airplane manufacturer should distribute globally on how flight crews can deal with "angle of attack" sensor problems following the October 29 crash that killed all 189 people on board.

The stunning revelation on Monday came after angry relatives confronted the airline's co-founder at a meeting organised by Indonesian officials. "Cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder are both important to reveal the truth in this case".

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They wanted to know why the plane was allowed to fly and demanded there be no let up in recovery efforts.

"We are the victims here". Scores of body bags have been gathered but so far only 14 individuals have been identified.

But authorities will also question the pilots from the previous flight from Bali to Jakarta about the exact nature of the problems they encountered.

"This is not an unimportant thing. Hopefully with the remaining time we can search until the 10th day", a visibly emotional Syaugi said, as he choked and struggled to hold back his tears.

"Don't let something like this keep happening in Indonesia", he added.

Indonesia has had almost 40 fatal aviation accidents in the past 15 years, according to the Aviation Safety Network.




This isn't to say that the Lion Air crew was necessarily in the latter group-despite safety problems in the past with this airline, this specific crew may have absolutely been first-rate aviators, yet still suffered the same fate-but the fact is that we're in an era of increasing automation in aviation that's still 100 percent overseen by human pilots. He stood up, but did not comment and clasped his hands together as if seeking forgiveness.

Boeing, the manufacturer of the 737 MAX 8, and United States aviation investigators at the NTSB have been working with Indonesian experts on the analysis of the flight data recorder in Indonesia.

The Boeing 737 MAX is a more fuel-efficient version of the manufacturer's popular single-aisle jet.

The second black box on the plane, the cockpit voice recorder, has not yet been found.

Boeing, based in Chicago, is preparing to issue a safety bulletin to companies operating its new 737 MAX airliners, the model involved in the recent deadly crash in Indonesia, as Bloomberg reports, citing its sources.

Hundreds of relatives of victims have prayed and thrown flowers into the Java Sea where a Lion Air jet plunged into the water more than a week ago, killing all 189 people on board.

Investigator Nurcahyo Utomo said investigators need to review maintenance records, including what problems were reported, what repairs were done including whether components were replaced, and how the repairs were tested before the 2-month-old plane was declared airworthy.

Parts of an engine of the Lion Air flight JT 610 are recovered from the sea during search operations in the Java Sea.

Safety investigators said the plane may have hit speeds of 600 miles per hour before hitting the water.

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