Boeing jet crashed in Indonesia after key sensor replaced

Lion Air jet had damaged airspeed indicator on last 4 flights Report

Boeing has issued a warning to airlines using the company's 737 MAX that some models may issue "erroneous data" to pilots that could cause the plane to nosedive.

"The investigation into Lion Air flight 610 is ongoing and Boeing continues to cooperate fully and provide technical assistance at the request and under the direction of government authorities investigating the accident", it said.

The sensors monitor the so-called angle of attack of an aircraft, which is the aerodynamic calculation of the angle the wings in relation to the airflow.

The jet's airspeed indicator malfunctioned on its last four flights, and that problem was related to the sensor issue, said Soerjanto Tjahjono, chairman of Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee, on Wednesday.

WestJet also has 9 of the 737 MAX jets in its fleet, but the airline did not immediately respond to a query about the Boeing bulletin from CBC News.

"We also plan to conduct a flight reconstruction to see the impact of the AOA sensor damage in the engineering simulator at the Boeing facility in Seattle". The plane plummeted into the sea a day after having a critical sensor replaced.

The warning is based on preliminary findings from the accident involving a Lion Air jetliner, the person said. A misreading in the sensor can cause a plane to dive suddenly.

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The angle of attack is incredibly important.

The Lion Air jet that crashed reportedly had issues with its "angle of attack" sensors.

Bloomberg says the plane's velocity was uncharacteristically high, possibly touching speeds of 600 miles an hour as it hit the water. Such bulletins are routinely issued by aircraft and engine manufacturers, particularly in the wake of major events, and this one does little except to remind crews that the procedures for addressing this situation already exist.

Given the situation's fluid nature, Lion Air Group Managing Director Daniel Putut told local media on Monday, November 5, that talks with Boeing over a new order for fifty B737-10s have now been suspended pending the outcome from the Ministry's review.

A source said on condition of anonymity that the Boeing bulletin related only to the 737 MAX, of which there are just over 200 in service. "The big picture is the system keeps getting safer and safer, and it's still the safest form of transportation ever designed by humans", he said.

And in this case the procedure for dealing with the problem it is what is called a "memory item" - pilot's commit them to memory. One of the pilots had trimmed the plane to push the nose down while trying to climb after aborting a landing, the report said.

This affects almost 250 aircraft flown by U.S. airlines like Southwest, American and United, the FAA said. There were more than 180 people on board.

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