Pilots Seeking More Training on Boeing Jet After Indonesian Plane Crash
JAKARTA, INDONESIA – After a new Boeing jet crashed into the Java Sea in October, pilots in the United States are seeking additional training on the plane, according to an online news report from wsbradio.com. The crash appears to have been caused by a malfunctioning sensor on the plane.*
On the morning of October 29, Lion Air Flight JT610 departed Jakarta, Indonesia, for Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia. Not long after takeoff, the Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane experienced an equipment issue and crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 189 people on board. Flight-tracking data shows several abnormal drops in altitude and speed a few minutes after takeoff.
During investigation, it came to light the plane had been experiencing identical issues during a flight the day before. On October 28, the same 737 MAX 8 was bound for Jakarta from Bali, and not long after takeoff, the aircraft experienced several sharp drops in altitude.
It appears the plane’s “angle of attack” sensor, which assists in stalling and diving prevention, was malfunctioning. If this sensor detects the nose of the plane is high enough to potentially cause an aerodynamic stall, the 737 MAX 8 automated system will push the nose of the plane down. The pilot on the Bali flight was able to manually disengage the automated system and remedy the issue, making a safe landing as scheduled.
Documentation indicates the sensor was replaced after the Bali flight, but it appears the sensor was still malfunctioning during the plane’s last flight, and the pilot was not warned about the plane’s previous issues or how to resolve them. Pilots in the United States do not want this situation to happen during their flights, so they have requested additional training on the 737 MAX 8.
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