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Boeing Warns Commercial Pilots: Loss of Control In-flight is the Number One Cause of Commercial Aviation Deaths

February 25, 2021

Boeing released a safety bulletin on February 15, 2021, that reminds commercial pilots about the steps necessary to guarantee that they maintain control of their aircraft following the deadly Indonesian jetliner crash into the Java Sea.

The Flight Operations Technical Bulletin was issued to Boeing's customers throughout the world.  The purpose of the Flight Operations Technical Bulletin was to reinforce safety.

According to Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee, the 737-500 flight out of Jakarta sustained left engine failure.  Unequal thrust events can cause a jet to turn when the jet isn't countered properly.  Approximately 83 seconds subsequent a throttle issue arose, the jet banked 45 degrees to the left, and then the jet dove into the Java Sea from a height of approximately 11,000 feet.

Indonesian aviation accident investigators stated that they did not know what caused the aviation accident.  However, the plane was out of control in the final 30 seconds.

Indonesia's Ministry of Transportation stated that their agency is aware of the safety bulletin, has been in communication with the Federal Aviation Administration, and uses the safety actions based on the National Transportation Safety Committee's preliminary report.  The agency stated that they have been taking the recommended safety actions before the Boeing bulletin.

Boeing stated that the company "regularly communicates with customers on how they can safely and confidently operate their airplanes."

According to aviation experts, the Sriwijaya Air accident appears to have been a minor issue with the plane's automatic throttle control.  Boeing states that pilots need to watch for signs of unusual flight activity.  Boeing also states that flying slow on approach and over banking can progress to a greater divergence from the jet's intended flight path and may cause the airplane to lose control.

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