Boeing, FAA weigh software fix on 737 Max plane after crash

Boeing, FAA weigh software fix on 737 Max plane after crash

Intan Syari's fiance, medical doctor Rio Nanda Pratama, was among 189 people on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane who died when it crashed a few minutes after taking off from Jakarta on October 29.

The system Weaks says they weren't told about is an automated stall-prevention system on Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 planes.

The newspaper also reviews a November 10 Memo from Southwest Airlines, one of the US carriers to start using the MAX jets, in which it's claimed that Boeing had omitted information from flight manuals about the new flight control system, because pilots were unlikely to find themselves in any situation that would require them to use the system. The sensor helps to determine whether the plane is about to stall and dive.

Flight JT 610 with 189 people aboard crashed into waters off West Java province shortly after taking off from the global airport in Jakarta late last month.

The Lion Air flight JT610 crashed into the Java Sea, off Indonesia, on October 29, killing all 189 people onboard.

A bulletin from APA to American's pilots said details about the system weren't included in the documentation about the plane.

"The crew may have been hampered in their efforts to understand the airplane's behavior, and regain control, by the fact that they were missing a key piece of information - the existence of an automatic system that could adjust the trim, even when the airplane's autopilot was switched off", Douglas Harned, an analyst at Bernstein Research, said in a note to clients. Now, investigators are focusing their efforts on figuring out if the plane crashed because of an update to a safety system that was created to pull the plane out of a risky stall, The New York Times reported.

But, according to Roger Cox, a retired investigator with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and a former airline pilot who spoke to TIME, crews have every right to be angry at Boeing.

The oversight has since been corrected by Boeing - but not in time to potentially help the pilots of the ill-fated Lion Air flight. They called for more training for 737 MAX pilots. "Safety remains our top priority and is a core value for everyone at Boeing".

The American Airlines spokesman said his airline was continuing to work with Boeing and the FAA and would keep pilots informed of any updates.

Critics point to Boeing's attempt to limit airlines' transition costs-and stay competitive-as the reason it failed to impart crucial safety data.

Its cockpit voice recorder could offer crucial answers on the pilots' conduct and the alarms that sounded during the accident.

Last week, Boeing released a statement acknowledging that Indonesian officials had told it about repeated errant data readings experienced by the plane.

Passengers on that flight told CNN that the plane experienced a significant drop in altitude shortly after takeoff.

It plunged into the sea about 10 minutes later.

The medical doctor was flying home to Pangkal Pinang after attending a conference in Jakarta.

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