Boeing is said close to issuing warning on 737 Max after crash

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

The flight data recorder from a crashed Lion Air jet shows it had an airspeed indicator problem on its last four flights, investigators say, after distraught relatives of victims confronted the airline's co-founder at a meeting organized by officials. The committee said they were dealing with an erroneous airspeed indication.

Modern jetliners have redundant measurements to help pilots spot and disregard a single reading that looks unlikely and possibly erroneous.

Even with modern Global Positioning System tracking, planes need to calculate their precise speed through the air. However, the pitot tubes can become blocked for various reasons, including icing. Lion Air declined to comment.

"Lion Air said the problem was fixed, is it true the problem was cleared?" said Bambang Sukandar, whose son was on the flight.

It did not give more details and did not speculate on how the indicator problem may have played a role in the crash, as it continues to mine the flight recorder - seen as key to answering why a almost brand new plane fell out of the sky.

Both flights crashed shortly after takeoff.

Many wept when they saw search personnel working. They learn the normal power settings and attitude, or nose-up and nose-down settings, for each of the various phases of a flight.

"If you were driving down the interstate and the speedometer failed, would you expect to crash the auto?" said John Cox, a former airline pilot and now a safety consultant.

"We don't know yet where the problem lies, what fix has been done, what their reference books are, what components have been removed".

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Safety experts said investigators will look at why Lion Air didn't ground the plane if it experienced recurring problems with the sensors and subject it to more rigorous inspection and testing until the problem was fixed.

The instruments were checked by maintenance workers overnight and the plane was cleared to fly, according to Lion Air. This issue is said to arise only during manual flight.

The pilots' actions will also be studied.

The head of Indonesia's Search and Rescue Agency said Sunday that after initially hearing a "ping" from the CVR on Saturday, divers could no longer hear a signal from the device, according to CNN.

The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. aviation regulators also meant to issue safety warnings about potentially suspect flight-control software.

Authorities will be under pressure to release the data as the 737 is one of the world's most widely used planes.

"As an initial step we conducted ramp checks for 11 Boeing 737 Max 8", said transport minister Sumadi, adding that authorities were also conducting a special audit to include operating procedures and crew qualifications.

The families have been asking why the plane, a two-month-old Boeing 737 MAX 8, was given flight clearance at all, given that it had reported technical issues the day before, on a flight from Bali to Jakarta, wherein it descended rapidly right after take-off, much to the terror of passengers on board.

"Lion Air has failed".

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