Indonesia jet had damaged airspeed indicator on last four flights, says official

Aaron Brown
November 7, 2018

On Monday, Indonesian authorities said the aircraft was flying at high speed when it crashed into the sea on October 29, causing an huge impact.

However, while that information will be extremely important, the cockpit voice recorder is critical to understanding the pilot's reaction to the problems.

"This is a preventive measure ...(The accident) is a very expensive lesson for us". "One belongs to the pilot in command and one belongs to the co-pilot".

The committee has said they were dealing with an "erroneous airspeed indication".

Search teams are still trying to locate the missing cockpit recorder to determine why the almost brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed.

WestJet also has 9 of the 737 MAX jets in its fleet, but the airline did not immediately respond to a query about the Boeing bulletin from CBC News. Lion Air said Monday that almost 70 ships have been deployed in the search, with more than 1,000 people involved.

The Lion Air 737 Max 8 jetliner dove into the Java Sea on October 29 minutes after takeoff, nosing downward so suddenly that it may have hit speeds of 600 miles an hour before slamming into the water. He did not provide further details about the problem.

Without an accurate airspeed reading, planes are at serious risk of crashing.

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Earlier this week, the Indonesian authorities extended by three days search and rescue operations in search for the victims and the second black box of the jet.

"We checked that spot, located around 50 meters from the location of finding the first black box. But we can't find the CVR yet", Muhammad Syaugi said. The plane was only a few months old and had logged a total of 19 flights and 800 flying hours.

Aviation experts from multiple countries are analyzing the data to determine exactly how the aircraft performed during the flight. If malfunctions continue to occur on a component and routine maintenance procedures don't solve it, airlines are supposed to have a process to bring greater scrutiny to the issue, Cox said.

"It is to prevent a similar accident from happening again especially on the Boeing 737 Max, which has sold more than 200 units around the world", Tjahjono said.

On that flight, from Bali to Jakarta, the two sensors disagreed. Tears flowed as flowers were thrown into the water in remembrance of the 189 lives lost on board Lion Air flight JT-610.

The brand new Lion Air jet that crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from Indonesia's capital city one week ago had an airspeed indicator problem on its four previous flights, investigators revealed Monday. "Today a auto can have a faulty spark plug but eventually had its batteries replaced", said Ony.

The fast-moving currents and muddy waters of the crash site in the Java Sea have hindered recovery efforts since the plane came down.

Inspectors found faults on two other Boeing 737 MAX jets, including one which mirrored a problem reported on board the Lion Air plane. Syahrul Anto, 48, was reported missing by his diving partner on Friday.

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