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Boeing admits that a sensor can be involved in the Lion Air crash in Indonesia

Boeing admits that a sensor can be involved in the Lion Air crash in Indonesia

The first elements from the black box suggest that the pilots of the plane that crashed into the Java Sea on October 29 received false information from a sensor.

Researchers are investigating a piece of the Lion Air plane, November 7, 2018, in Jakarta.

Boeing implicitly acknowledged on Wednesday, November 7 that a sensor may be involved in a Lion Air 737 crash last week and has updated its instructions for airlines with the same problem. .

The American aircraft manufacturer explains in a statement that the pilots of the flight that crashed into the Java Sea and killed 189 people, could receive false information from the information system of the aircraft before the accident. the first elements from the black box. "The Indonesian Transport Safety Committee has indicated that Lion Air Flight 610 has received incorrect information from one of the impact sensors ("AOA, Angle or Attack Sensor") "said the builder. The sensors in question, also known as angles of attack sensors, indicate the flight angle of the aircraft and are possible blocking warning devices.

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Boeing has published an update "From his manual that proposes to operators the procedures that crews must follow in the event of incorrect information [ces] sensors "he continues.

The FAA, the American air traffic controller, said it would require a directive to make Boeing's advice mandatory for all 737 MAX customers, the latest version of the 737 single-bar, of which 219 were delivered worldwide. day. The decisions of the FAA are generally taken by the other air regulators.

JT610 operated by Lion Air on its way to Pangkal Pinang jumped into the Java Sea at high speed in less than half an hour after take-off from Jakarta on 29 October. This inexplicable dive killed 189 passengers and crew members.

Three days of extensive searches

Indonesian researchers reported that the aircraft had technical problems during the last four flights, including defects in the incident sensors and the anemometer, which measures the speed. During a flight between Bali and Jakarta, the last before the crash, the two sensors of the device's angle of view showed a difference of 20 degrees, while according to Soerjanto Tjahjono, head of the commission, they had to be aligned. Indonesian transport security. But despite this problem, the pilot managed to land the plane in Jakarta. The plane was repaired before it was put into service.

Rescuers also announced on Wednesday that they would extend their search for three days to find new bodies and debris from the plane, but without the help of the Navy and the police and volunteers who lent a hand.

There are 186 body bags with human remains found, but so far only 44 victims have been identified, said Muhammad Syaugi, head of emergency services at a press conference.

The divers have one of the "Black boxes" with the data of the flight. They are still looking for the second, which contains data about the communication of the crew and can provide valuable insights on how pilots were confronted with technical problems.

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