Boeing jet crashed in Indonesia after key sensor replaced

The bulletin warns operators that erroneous readings from a flight-monitoring system can cause the new 737 Max models to aggressively dive

The new details - gleaned from a recovered flight data recorder - come after the government said it was launching a "special audit" of the budget carrier's operations.

"Our pilot was simply following the guidance and instructions provided by the AMC officer", he told The Australian " All movement from the parking stand to the runway is the responsibility of the AMC.

"It's a stunning simple but deadly error", said Mary Schiavo, an aviation lawyer and former inspector general of the U.S. Transportation Department.

The warning follows preliminary findings from the Lion Air crash that the angle-of-attack (AOA) sensor malfunctioned.

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Indonesian accident investigators said on Monday that an airspeed indicator on the crashed jet was damaged for its last four flights, but USA authorities responded cautiously to suggestions of fleet-wide checks. The malfunction can cause the plane's computers to erroneously detect a mid-flight stall in airflow, causing the aircraft to abruptly dive to regain the speed it needs to keep flying.

The Federal Aviation Administration also plans to issue an airworthiness directive for the plane in question.

The watchdog had also sought details about the plane crash from Boeing and United States regulator Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).

The Boeing bulletin only reminds operators of the plane to emphasize procedures outlined in a checklist pilots are given to help navigate stabilizer issues.

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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.

Personnel from National Transportation Safety Board examine debris from Lion Air flight JT610 at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia, on November 1, 2018.

"We're going to learn from this just like we learned from the A330", he said, referring to a 2009 incident in which an Airbus A330 crashed off the coast of Brazil with 228 people on board due to electronics failures.

An AOA sensor provides data about the angle at which wind is passing over the wings and tells pilots how much lift a plane is getting. The company didn't response to requests for comment.

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.

The KNKT has interviewed crew and technicians on duty for two previous flights, while also retrieving the faulty sensor from Bali for inspection.

Data extracted from the flight recorders revealed that the aircraft experienced problems with airspeed indicators during its last four flights.

Boeing said it is cooperating fully and providing technical assistance as the investigation continues.

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