Boeing is said close to issuing warning on 737 Max after crash

Cheryl Sanders
November 7, 2018

The bulletin from Boeing will alert airlines that erroneous readings from a flight-monitoring system can cause the planes to abruptly dive, said the person, who asked not to be named discussing details of the manufacturer's plans.

Authorities have yet to recover the jet's cockpit voice recorder from the sea floor, just northeast of Jakarta, where the plane crashed 13 minutes after taking off from the Indonesian capital.

Attendees gathered on the deck of a ship and prayed for the victims of crashed Lion Air flight JT-610 at the site of the disaster, off the coast of Tanjung Pakis in West Java.

They did not say whether the problems stemmed from a mechanical or maintenance issue, or whether the faulty meter was a factor in the crash.

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.

Soerjanto Tjahjono, chairman of the transport safety committee, said Wednesday that airspeed indicator malfunctions on the jet's last four flights, which were revealed by analysis of the flight data recorder, were intertwined with the sensor issue.

Boeing said it is continuing to work with the Indonesian investigation.

The US manufacturer has delivered 219 737 MAX jets to customers globally.

The latest information released by investigators still doesn't answer why the pilots on three previous flights were able to handle the problem while the crew on October 29 ended up diving at high speed into the sea, said John Cox, president of consulting company Safety Operating Systems and a former airline pilot. "Today a auto can have a faulty spark plug but eventually had its batteries replaced", said Ony. Lion Air said Monday that almost 70 ships have been deployed in the search, with more than 1,000 people involved.

Although a probe is still underway, the Indonesian authorities earlier urged the US-based company to take steps to prevent such accidents; more than 200 jets of this model are in service worldwide.

The KNKT added that the FDR's recordings were 69 hours from 19 flights and the last date of recording was from the date of the crash and corresponded with public data available on flight-tracking websites.

"The plane disintegrated or broke up after hitting the water, the debris of the plane was found scattered within a 250-metre radius on the sea floor", he said.

"We are formulating, with NTSB (US National Transportation safety board) and Boeing, detailed inspections regarding the airspeed indicator", he said.

Search teams combing the wreckage of JT610 have filled 186 body bags with remains, but only 44 victims have been identified so far.

The Lion Air crash was the first involving the new version, which airlines introduced into service a year ago.

The head of Indonesia's Search and Rescue Agency said Sunday that after initially hearing a "ping" from the CVR on Saturday, divers could no longer hear a signal from the device, according to CNN.

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