Boeing close to issuing safety warning on 737 Max

Arturo Kim
November 8, 2018

"These bad technicians must be processed by law to prevent plane accidents from continuing in Indonesia".

In a statement, the FAA said that it would soon issue an airworthiness directive that will compel all airlines to follow an Operations Manual Bulletin Boeing announced on Tuesday, according to Bloomberg, which obtained a copy of the statement.

Boeing has sent 219 737 MAX jets to customers globally, with 4,564 orders for jets yet to be delivered. Such instances affect the airspeed readings and the way the aircraft is flown, BBC reported.

A spokeswoman for Boeing in Singapore declined to comment. They essentially instruct pilots to use "higher control forces" to overcome the dive-meaning, pull back hard on the controls-but then to disable the automatic trim system and set the trim manually.

Despite all their training in flying without airspeed indicators, however, pilots can become unnerved when confronted by failure of a system that they count on.

A Lion Air plane carrying 145 passengers was forced to abort its take-off from Indonesia's Bengkulu city on Wednesday night (Nov 7), after its left wing crashed into a pole.

With the warning, pilots would be advised to stick to an existing procedure to tackle such situations. Reuters spoke to a pilot and an airport authority official who confirmed that a problem with the plane had been indicated in a radio alert.

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

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"We will tighten up our monitoring and inspections and wait for final report on the investigation", Garuda Indonesia's President Director I Gusti Ngurah Askhara Danadiputra wrote in a text message. (AAP) The fateful flight crashed into the ocean 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta Airport bound for the island of Bangka.

His agency was asking Boeing and United States authorities what action to take to prevent similar problems on this type of plane around the world, he added.

On the October 28 flight, from Bali to Jakarta, the pilot's and copilot's sensors disagreed. "They couldn't get above 5,000 feet at a time when they should have been over [10,000]".

With the data recorder in the hands of investigators, the NTSC has recovered about 69 hours of flying data by the crashed jet during its last 19 trips.

Muhammad Bambang Sukandar, the father of another victim, said Lion Air technicians needed to take "full responsibility" if it was proved they had not properly attended to technical issues following the jet's previous flight from Bali to Jakarta. If a plane isn't in the right position in the air, the aerodynamics will be completely thrown off.

Even with modern Global Positioning System tracking, planes need to calculate their precise speed through the air. The "angle of attack" is the angle of the airplane or its wings compared with oncoming air or wind. If either of the pressure sensors are blocked, it can cause erroneous readings.

Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency, Basarnas, said that it had extended the search operations by three days until Wednesday. Strong underwater currents in the Java Sea off Jakarta and a muddy seabed have complicated a week-long hunt that's involved dozens of ships and hundreds of specialist personnel.

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