An Indonesian Lion Air jet that plunged into the Java Sea last week, killing all 189 on board, had an airspeed indicator problem on its fatal flight and on three previous journeys, the country's transportation watchdog said Monday.
Exhibiting similar problems, a recently delivered Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 passenger plane crashed into the sea off Jakarta, Indonesia nearly two weeks ago with 189 people onboard.
Soerjanto Tjahjono, head of Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee told reporters that after one flight from Bali to Jakarta - the last flight before the crash - the left and right AOA sensors were found to disagree by 20 degrees.
The pilots union at Southwest Airlines Co., the biggest customer of the 737 Max, hasn't received any reports from its members of problems with faulty sensor readings, said Jon Weaks, president of the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association. "We will leave the investigation of the accident to KNKT", he said, referring to the Indonesian transportation safety committee.
Prior to the accident, Daniel said that Lion Air had held daily meetings with Boeing representatives in Indonesia and said that several announcements will be made in due course all of which is based on these meetings.
The Lion Air crash involved a brand new Boeing Max 8 jet, which was cleared to fly despite days of inaccurate speed readings.
Moments earlier, the pilots radioed a request to return to Jakarta to land, but never turned back toward the airport, according to Indonesia's safety commission and flight-tracking data.
"They should have been completely engaged in what was going on inside that cockpit, and any kind of warning that came up, they would have been wise to pay attention to it", Curtis said.
Aircraft and engine manufacturers routinely send bulletins to operators noting safety measures and maintenance actions they should take, majority relatively routine.
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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday it would require airlines to follow Boeing's newly released safety bulletin, reminding pilots how to handle erroneous data from the sensor.
Body parts are still being recovered and searchers continue to hunt for the cockpit voice recorder.
Mr Tjahjono has said 69 hours of recorded data from 19 flights, including the one that crashed, had been downloaded successfully from a partly damaged flight data recorder recovered on Thursday.
"If there are urgent findings to be delivered, we will convey them to the operators and to the manufacturer", he said.
"If the nose is trimmed down on an aircraft, it becomes hard for the crew to hold it", a source briefed on Boeing's OMB told the paper.
The FAA directive applies to about 250 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft operating worldwide.
"There was some unusual noise coming from the engine and I could hear it because I was sitting in the window seat of row 22 near the wings", he said, adding that the plane's landing in Jakarta was not smooth either and bounced slightly as the tires touched the runway.
Indonesia's search and rescue agency extended the search effort on Wednesday for a second time, saying it would continue until Sunday.
PREMIUM Indonesia has been shocked by the plane crash involving Lion Air flight JT610.