Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Lion Air Boeing 737 safety alert after crash

Lion Air Boeing 737 safety alert after crash

The Lion Air crash is the worst airline disaster in Indonesia since 1997, when 234 people died on a Garuda flight near Medan.

A Lion Air plane, which was carrying 145 passengers, was forced to abort its take-off after its left wing crashed into a pole.

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

Boeing has issued a new warning to all pilots flying its 737 MAX aircraft, the model of the recently crashed Lion Air flight JT610 from Jakarta, Indonesia.

That sensor is meant to maintain air flow over a plane's wings but if it malfunctions it can cause the plane's computers to erroneously think it is in a aerodynamic stall - which can then cause aircraft to abruptly dive.

USA aviation regulators said they are drafting an order requiring that airlines follow Boeing's instructions.

The pilot of the flight requested a return to Denpasar but the situation corrected itself and he elected to continue to Jakarta.

"To underscore our commitment to safety, Southwest is issuing communication to highlight the existing procedures to Southwest pilots that operate our 737 Max 8 fleet", the company said. The error erroneously tells pilots that there's a stall in airflow, triggering an automated system that points the plane downward in an effort to regain speed.

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In December 2014, an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore plunged into the sea, killing all 162 on board.

As of November 7, the DJPU has conducted in-situ ramp checks of aircraft that belong to Lion Air, Garuda Indonesia, Batik Air, Sriwijaya Air, NAM Air, Wings Air (Indonesia), and Indonesia AirAsia. Chairman Soerjanto Tjahjono said the airspeed indicator and sensor problems are related.

According to Pramintohadi, the Boeing 737-900 ER aircraft was scheduled to depart for Soekarno-Hatta International Airport near Jakarta at 6:20 p.m. "Especially if you have a crew that's confused and doesn't know what's going on".

"This is all coming from the Indonesian crash", said the person briefed on the Boeing bulletin.

The DGCA had reviewed the performance of Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes operated by Jet Airways and SpiceJet.

"The pilot only followed the instruction and directions from the Aircraft Movement Control (AMC) officer", Danang said in a statement.

Boeing has sent 219 737 MAX jets to customers globally, with 4,564 orders for jets yet to be delivered.

Divers have recovered one of the two "black boxes" - the flight data recorder - but are still looking for the cockpit voice recorder, in the hope it will shed more light on the cause of the accident.

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