Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Relatives demand answers over plane crash

Relatives demand answers over plane crash

The data recorder from the Lion Air jetliner that crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 189 people aboard, shows that the plane's airspeed indicator malfunctioned on its last four flights, investigators said Monday.

The latest information released by investigators still doesn't answer why the pilots on three previous flights were able to handle the problem while the crew on October 29 ended up diving at high speed into the sea, said John Cox, president of consulting company Safety Operating Systems and a former airline pilot.

At the meeting, Tjahjono said information downloaded from the flight data recorder is consistent with reports the plane's speed and altitude were erratic.

CNN said Indonesian officials are working with Boeing and safety experts to further investigate the airspeed indicator issue.

The Chicago-based planemaker has delivered 219 Max, the latest and most advanced 737 jets, since the new models made their commercial debut a year ago with a Lion Air subsidiary. The committee said they were dealing with an erroneous airspeed indication.

But authorities will also question the pilots from the previous flight from Bali to Jakarta about the exact nature of the problems they encountered. The audio device may be crucial to unraveling what happened during the flight's final moments. Lion Air declined to comment.

Authorities previously confirmed that the pilots flying the same plane on another route the day before the crash had experienced technical issues.

Investigator Nurcahyo Utomo said investigators need to review maintenance records, including what problems were reported, what repairs were done including whether components were replaced, and how the repairs were tested before the 2-month-old plane was declared airworthy. "This is what we do not know yet and we will find it out", he said.

Six black box experts from four different countries are now analyzing the flight data recorder to piece together the last moments of the 737 before it crashed.

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Victims' relatives are still waiting to receive the remains of loved ones.

Meanwhile, the search operation to recover the passengers, crew and the airplane's cockpit voice recorder is ongoing.

Rescue team members on an inflatable raft head to the location where Lion Air flight JT610 crashed into the sea, in the north coast of Karawang regency, West Java province Indonesia, on Tuesday.

"After 10 minutes in the air the plane dropped as if it was losing power".

Lion Air is one of Indonesia's youngest airlines but has grown rapidly, flying to dozens of domestic and global destinations.

Mr. Tjahjono said the large amount of small debris and the relatively small area the debris was found in showed the plane hit the water at a very high speed.

In addition, aviation regulators such as the US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency often follow such actions by mandating that carriers follow the bulletins.

Tjahjono said Flight 610 was intact with its engines running when it slammed into the sea 13 minutes after takeoff.

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