Boeing, FAA Team to Prove Lion Air Crash

Jeannie Matthews
November 17, 2018

US pilots were also not aware of potential risks, two USA pilot unions told Reuters. Both are major operators of the 737 variant, and both have numerous 737 MAX aircraft on order.

Low October shipments of the 737 put Boeing at risk of missing annual delivery targets for its largest source of profit as the planemaker works to ease parts shortages that have snarled production.

"This is not about silos and layers of bureaucracy, this is about knowing your airplane", Tajer said. The company has been relying on revenue gains from faster output of the narrow-body jet to help ease financial strain from introducing its newest wide-body aircraft, the 777X.

This device can then force the plane downwards to avoid a stall, but to such a degree that pilots can't pull the aircraft back level. "We love Dr. Rio Nanda Pratama", she captioned her photo with her sister-in-law.

Boeing has acknowledged that the Indonesian Airline had informed the company of inaccurate instrument readings.

It was added to the MAX models partly because the aircraft has heavier engines than the previous 737 NG models and the airplane's center of gravity is biased more forward.

"It is information that we were not privy to in training or in any other manuals or materials", he said. "The bottom line here is the 737 MAX is safe and safety is a core value for us".

Investigators are preparing to publish their preliminary report on the crash on Nov 28 or Nov 29, one month after the Lion Air jet dived into the Java Sea, killing all 189 on board.

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The system was created to prevent the jet from stalling, according to information provided by Boeing to airlines.

"The existing FAA Airworthiness Directive (AD) identifies existing flight crew procedures to be used in those circumstances", reads a statement from administration officials. Meanwhile, Indonesian investigators say they expect to release an initial report by the end of November.

An American Airlines spokesman said the carrier had received the FAA directive as well as a bulletin from Boeing on updating the flight crew operations manual.

"She cried - all of us cried too", Pebriana said.

According to The Times, Boeing has been busy selling the new 737s to different airlines and showcasing it as a plane that needed little to no additional pilot training, which is an attractive financial incentive for airlines.

When Boeing designed its latest version of the 737, it added the new safety feature to combat a loss of lift, which is a leading contributor to the loss-of-control accidents that by far cause the most crash deaths around the world. But if pilots did not know exactly what system was in place, or that the data being fed into the system was wrong, their reactions could be fatally muddled, aviation experts said.

An AOA sensor is an instrument, similar to a small wind vane, that sits outside the plane just below the cockpit and sends information to its computers about the angle of the plane's nose relative to the oncoming air. It essentially tricked the system into ordering a sharp dive.

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