Distraught and angry relatives of those killed when a Lion Air jet crashed last week have confronted the airline's co-founder during a meeting Monday arranged by Indonesian officials. The cause of the crash is still unclear.
Indonesia's transport ministry has scheduled a briefing at 3 p.m.in Jakarta on Wednesday to share updated information on the Lion Air accident. No injuries have been reported.
The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation has begun an audit of Lion Air (JT, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) and has also started impromptu checks of various other Indonesian carriers following the crash of one of the low-priced carrier's B737-8s on October 29.
That included three flights that landed safely, as well as the deadly crash on October 29, when flight JT610 crashed minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia, with 189 people on board.
Southwest had 23 737 Max 8 in its fleet as of September 30, with nine more to be delivered by the end of the year.
Comment was being sought from SilkAir, which began flying 737 Max 8 aircraft between Singapore, Cairns and Darwin in January this year.
An area that investigators will want to explore is how Lion Air addressed a recurring problem on the plane.
These sensors measure the angle of attack of planes when climbing to ensure that they do not attempt to fly too steeply and stall. The year before, the U.S. Air Force said moisture in sensors caused the 2008 crash of a B-2 stealth bomber on Guam; both pilots ejected safely.
The ministry had previously removed several Lion Air executives and technicians, saying they were needed to help authorities in the investigation.
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Boeing said in a statement received at China's largest air show in Zhuhai that its bulletin to airlines underscored "existing flight crew procedures" created to address circumstances where information coming into the cockpit from the sensors was wrong.
"This condition, if not addressed, could cause the flightcrew to have difficulty controlling the airplane, and lead to excessive nose-down attitude, significant altitude loss, and possible impact with terrain".
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"There was some unusual noise coming from the engine and I could hear it because I was sitting in the window seat of row 22 near the wings", he said, adding that the plane's landing in Jakarta was not smooth either and bounced slightly as the tires touched the runway. There were no survivors. A preliminary report is expected at the end of the month.
The jet's airspeed indicator malfunctioned on its last four flights, and that problem was related to the sensor issue, said Soerjanto Tjahjono, chairman of Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee, on Wednesday.
Mr. Ramadhan had been a prosecutor in a district of the Bangka, where the plane would have landed.
Indonesian investigators said their flight procedure recommendations to Boeing were based on how the flight crew responded to problems on the Bali to Jakarta flight.
Because Flight JT610 lasted only a few minutes, the voice recorder may also include at least some audio from the previous night's trip from Denpasar, Bali to Jakarta. "We replaced the part suspected by our engineer". Police medical experts have received almost 140 body bags of human remains and have identified 14 victims.