Lion Air victim's family files suit against Boeing

Lion Air victim's family files suit against Boeing

Lion Air victim's family files suit against Boeing

U.S. pilots' unions and Lion Air executives have now said the Boeing guidance was omitted from training manuals, and they had not been warned before of a significant change to the flight control system in this model, which could have led to onboard computers forcing the nose of a 737 Max plane down. Boeing and US aviation regulators are considering whether to add a software fix to the 737 Max.

An American Airlines spokesman told Reuters they "were unaware of some of the functionality of the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) installed on the MAX 8".

The issue was discovered through the investigation into the Lion Air crash.

Airline safety experts and pilots' groups say Boeing did not disclose information about a new flight-control feature on its 737 MAX 8 that may have played a role in the crash of a Lion Air commercial airliner last month.

When the angle of attack sensors - which detect how wind is meeting the wing - perceive incorrect readings the plane may think it is experiencing an aerodynamic stall, causing it to dive. On Thursday, American Airlines backed up their pilots' claims.

Southwest Airlines Co., the biggest operator of the 737 Max 8, replaced two malfunctioning flight-control sensors of the same type during the three weeks before the Lion Air craft, Wall Street Journal said, citing a summary of the USA carrier's maintenance record it reviewed.

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Lion Air Flight 610 crashed shortly after taking off from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on October 29.

The FAA and Boeing are evaluating the need for software or design changes to 737 MAX jets in the wake of the Lion Air crash, the regulator said on Tuesday. Both Lion Air and the APA reject the company's assertion.

"We must ensure that our pilots are fully trained on procedures and understand key systems on the aircraft they fly".

On Wednesday, a Boeing spokesperson said in an email that the company could not "discuss specifics of an ongoing investigation" and that the company had "provided two updates for our operators around the world that re-emphasize existing procedures for these situations".

Zwingli added that Boeing's safety bulletin did not suggest additional training for pilots operating that aircraft.

He added, "We are confident in the safety of the 737 MAX". "Safety remains our top priority and is a core value for everyone at Boeing".

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