Boeing close to issuing safety warning on 737 Max

09 November, 2018, 07:39 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Boeing’s first 737 MAX 8 rolls out of the final assembly building in Renton in December 2015. More than 200 MAXs are in service around the world

Aerospace and defense giant Boeing issued a safety warning to people operating its 737 Max 8 jet, the company confirmed in a statement to FOX Business.

KNKT said that there was a problem with the sensor on the last flight taken by the doomed plane, from the island of Bali to Jakarta, even though one sensor had been replaced in Bali. The FAA said "this condition, if not addressed, could cause the flight crew to have difficulty controlling the airplane and lead to excessive nose-down attitude, significant altitude loss and possible impact with terrain".

In the United States, Southwest Airlines now has 26 737 MAX planes in operation; American Airlines has 16.

The announcement follows analysis that Boeing has done since the crash of Lion Air flight JT610 last week into the sea off Java.

Boeing said that the warning directs operators to "existing flight crew procedures to address circumstances where there is erroneous input from an AOA sensor".

"Lion Air apologises to all passengers for any inconvenience... it has sent a team to inspect the aircraft", the spokesman said.

Indonesian accident investigators said on Monday that an airspeed indicator on the crashed jet was damaged for its last four flights, but US authorities responded cautiously to suggestions of fleet-wide checks.

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As details have trickled out following the tragic Lion Air Flight 610 crash in Indonesia last week, one thing has become clear: the crew likely had an unbelievably confusing and desperate situation on their hands.

The pilots union at Southwest Airlines Co., the biggest customer of the 737 Max, hasn't received any reports from its members of problems with faulty sensor readings, said Jon Weaks, president of the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association.

Moments earlier, the pilots radioed a request to return to Jakarta to land, but never turned back toward the airport, according to Indonesia's safety commission and flight-tracking data.

In advance of Boeing's brief statement, sources told Bloomberg News and The Air Current that the recommended procedures are meant to handle issues related to the potential for a stall.

The sensor had malfunctioned on four previous flights of the Lion Air aircraft and was replaced the day before the October 29 crash, according to Indonesian aviation officials. There are now a little over 200 737 MAX jets in use. Body parts are still being recovered and searchers continue to hunt for the cockpit voice recorder.

Aviation systems must account for possibility of misinterpretations of situations and foggy memories of procedures outlined in the manuals that come with these huge, complicated, and incredibly sensitive vehicles.

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