Boeing had concealed a deadly feature of the 737 MAX Airliners

Mae Love
November 18, 2018

Zwingli Silalahi, Lion Air's operational director, said the manual did not tell pilots that in certain situations, the plane's stall-prevention system could automatically trigger a response, such as lowering the airplane's nose, to prevent or exit a stall. Boeing and USA aviation regulators are considering whether to add a software fix to the 737 MAX.

He added, "We are confident in the safety of the 737 MAX".

This news comes after the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that Boeing withheld information about the potential dangers related to the new flight-control feature.

The suit has been prompted in part by the reaction to Boeing advice issued nine days after the crash to airlines using its latest 737 model, with instructions on how pilots should react to "erroneous input from an angle of attack (AOA) sensor".

Lion Air says it followed a training regime approved by USA and European regulators.

The Boeing 737 Max 8 plane serving Lion Air JT 610 crashed 13 minutes after take off from global airport of Soekarno-Hatta on October 29, killing all 189 people onboard.

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Investigators first stated that a faulty sensor caused the plane to stall, but now it appears that Boeing didn't adequately inform pilots how the new feature worked in training and in training manuals. On Thursday, American Airlines backed up their pilots' claims. Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee said a sensor had been changed by mechanics in Bali the day before the crash, after similar problems on previous flights. Investigators can not say yet if that's what caused the crash, but Boeing immediately issued a safety bulletin about how to regain control if such a unsafe event occurs.

Boeing declined to directly address the issue Monday, but did address the aircraft's overall safety.

The victim had been expected to Wednesday his fiance, Intan Indah Syari, after the Lion Air flight.

However, Brazil's regulator told Reuters that it had required specific training for pilots on the anti-stall system.

"We should have been informed", said APA spokesman Dennis Tajer. She did say, however, that two updates were provided for operators of the 737 Max. "Safety remains our top priority and is a core value for everyone at Boeing". "Tragically, Dr. Putrama, a young medical doctor, was flying back home from a conference to get married this week".

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