Boeing to issue safety warning to pilots for 737 Max jets

An Indonesian rescue team lift a pair tires from the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 off Karawang in the Java Se

Lion - always been dogged by safety problems - has said the Boeing 737-Max 8 suffered a technical issue on the flight just prior to its deadly crash Monday and that it was fixed.

Indonesian officials are providing the strongest hints yet that a faulty airspeed indicator played a role in the deadly crash of a Lion Air jet into the Java Sea.

Boeing Co said on Wednesday it had issued a safety bulletin reminding pilots how to handle erroneous data from a key sensor in the wake of last week's crash in Indonesia.

Under some circumstances, a 737 MAX jet could automatically push down its nose if it detects that a stall is possible, based on the angle of attack.

Boeing's newly issued bulletin focuses on the 737 MAX's angle-of-attack sensors, or AOA sensors, which are supposed to provide data about the angle at which wind is passing over the airplane's wings.

The Lion Air 737 Max 8 jetliner dove into the Java Sea on October 29 minutes after takeoff, nosing downward so suddenly that it may have hit speeds of 600 miles an hour before slamming into the water.

The revelation came after data was downloaded from the plane's flight data recorder (an orange device known as a black box), said Soerjanto Tjahjono, head of Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT).

It was not immediately clear whether the reported problem stemmed from a mechanical or maintenance issue, nor whether U.S. authorities would order any checks.

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Muhammad Bambang Sukandar, the father of another victim, said that Lion Air technicians would need to take "full responsibility" if it was proved that it had not properly attended to all technical issues following the jet's previous flight, from Bali to Jakarta.

A passenger plane that crashed into the Java Sea on October 29 experienced problems with its airspeed indicators on its last four flights, data from one of the flight recorders retrieved from the aircraft has revealed.

With the warning, pilots would be advised to stick to an existing procedure to tackle such situations.

"If there are urgent findings to be delivered, we will convey them to the operators and to the manufacturer", he said. The single-aisle family is Boeing's biggest source of profit.

Many wept when they saw search personnel working.

"We are the victims here".

Meanwhile, Lion Air Corporate Strategic Communications Danang Mandala Prihantoro said that its company always adheres to the standard operation periodic checks that include pre-flight check, transit check, and post-flight check which determines an aircraft's "safe to fly" status prior to taking off.

Representatives of 737 MAX operators, Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIAL.SI) offshoot SilkAir, Garuda Indonesia (GIAA.JK) and Canada's WestJet Ltd (WJA.TO), said they had not yet received a bulletin from Boeing. The NTSB, which conducts accident investigations and is assisting Indonesia in the probe, didn't respond to a request for comment. "So far, there's no disruption on the operation of our Max jet".

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