Lion Air Plane Crash in Indonesia Caused by Multiple Factors
JAKARTA, INDONESIA – A report from an Indonesian investigation into the 2018 plane crash of Indonesian budget airline Lion Air states that a multitude of factors caused the horrific tragedy that occurred just thirteen minutes after takeoff, according to an online news article published by BAYNEWS9.com. These factors included issues with the design of the Boeing 737 MAX plane, issues with pilot training, and issues with maintenance on the plane.*
The plane crash happened in late October 2018. A 737 MAX airplane departed from Jakarta on Lion Air Flight 610 and was on its way to Pangkal Pinang. Not long into the flight, the crew reported issues with the plane and asked for permission to return to the airport. The plane ended up crashing into the Java Sea, tragically killing all 189 people on board.
Investigation following the accident showed that the plane’s “angle of attack” sensor was malfunctioning, resulting in the plane’s nose being forced downward. Further investigation from the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) has shown that the malfunctioning sensor was not the only problem with the flight or the plane that day.
The plane reportedly experienced the same issue during a flight from Bali to Jakarta the day prior to the crash. A new sensor had been installed that day, but it was not properly aligned or calibrated and may not even been tested correctly. During the flight to Jakarta the previous day, prior to the fatal crash, the flight crew ended up overriding the system that was triggering the nose-down effect and made a safe landing. However, the pilot did not fully report on the issues they had experienced.
In the absence of a full report from the pilot, the plane was not subjected to another inspection or additional maintenance before taking off again on Flight 610. According to John Goglia, former member of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board,"[t]hat airplane never should have been in the air."
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