Boeing to Issue Alert Its Planes Can Abruptly Dive During Flight

08 November, 2018, 15:35 | Author: Wade Massey
  • The sister of Hizkia Jorry Saroinsong a passenger on the Lion Air flight carries her brother's portrait during his funeral in Jakarta

"There are some things that we ask for explanation and some that we ask to be removed, and there has been an agreement between the NTSC and Boeing to release a new procedure to all Boeing 737 MAX users in the world", he said.

The new details - gleaned from the flight data recorder - came after the government said it was launching a "special audit" of Lion Air's operations. With its nose pitched down, the aircraft probably dived into the sea at high speed.

Based on the preliminary data recovered from the wreckage of PK-LQP (msn 43000), the DJPU said that the aircraft's airspeed indicator malfunctioned during four flights prior to the doomed flight JT610 from Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta to Pangkalpinang.

US aviation regulators said they are drafting an order requiring that airlines follow Boeing's instructions. "I can't even recall the number of accidents I've worked where the accident happened the first flight after maintenance".

At the same time it will alert the pilot about the minimum speed to warn that the plane may be near staling - this causes the pilot's control column to shake as a warning - but will be contradicted by the speed indicators on the flight deck.

Following the fatal crash of a Lion Air jet in Indonesia last week, Boeing has issued a warning to airlines operating its new 737 MAX about what to do in the event of an "angle-of-attack" sensor failure and avoid a risky nose-dive.

Pilots are trained to disengage the angle-of-attack sensors from the plane's computers when they get false readings.

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The newspaper said the findings suggest investigators could be looking at a software problem or a mistaken interpretation by flight crew as having played key roles in the Lion Air crash.

What is puzzling analysts is the 737 was flying in clear skies in daylight, so the pilots should have been easily able to deal with the issues with airspeed and erroneous sensors.

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.

"The pilots had a battle on their hands for a few minutes", she said. "The nose is turning itself down and they are having to fight it. They were fighting something".

In Jakarta, investigators showed reporters the AOA sensor that was removed from the aircraft. The small black cylinder contains a sensor that controls the angle between the wing and the air it is moving through.

Signs appear to point to an instrument failure in the brand-new Boeing 737 Max, specifically the angle-of-attack sensor, which is critical to determining the amount of lift generated by the wings. The agency says it is working with Boeing and the accident investigators and "will take further appropriate actions depending on the results of the investigation".

Officials have now said that the incident will be thoroughly investigated.

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