A plane owned by low-priced Indonesian airline Lion Air has torn a wing on a runway in Indonesia just days after one of its flights crashed into the Java Sea, leaving 189 dead.
Boeing issued a special bulletin Wednesday addressing a sensor problem flagged by Indonesian safety officials investigating the crash of a Lion Air 737 that killed 189 people last week.
A Lion Air plane's left wing crashed into a pole on the runway at Fatmawati Airport in Indonesia's Bengkulu city on Nov 7.
The bulletin cautions operators of the 737 Max that erroneous readings from one of the plane's sensors can cause the aircraft to enter into a sudden dive, Bloomberg reported. Under some circumstances, such as when pilots are flying manually, the Max jets will automatically try to push down the nose if they detect that an aerodynamic stall is possible, a person familiar with the matter said.
To avoid having the problem repeat, pilots may deactivate the stabilizer trim system, according to The Air Current's explanation.
Boeing said it is continuing to work with the Indonesian investigation into the October 29 crash.
He added that the broken sensor from the Bali-Jakarta flight would be sent to the manufacturer in Chicago for further examination.
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Lion's earlier admission that the jet had a technical issue - and the captain's request to turn back to the airport minutes before the crash - have raised questions about whether it had faults specific to one of the world's newest and most advanced commercial passenger planes. However, in rare instances, accidents have been caused by what investigators call a "startle factor".
Data from the black box of the Lion Air 737 Max that fell into the sea with 189 people onboard has confirmed there was an issue with the plane's airspeed indicator. The head of Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee, Soerjanto Tjahjono, told reporters in Jakarta on Monday that he was discussing the options for wider inspections with Boeing and his USA counterparts.
Transport safety committee chairman Soerjanto Tjahjono said airspeed indicator malfunctions on the jet's last four flights, which were revealed by an analysis of the flight data recorder, were intertwined with the sensor issue.
He said the pilot had landed the plane safely on that occasion.
Aircraft and engine manufacturers routinely send bulletins to air carriers noting safety measures and maintenance actions they should take, majority relatively routine. This issue is said to arise only during manual flight.
"We have extended the operation for three more days", Muhammad Syaugi, the head of the national search and rescue agency (Basarnas), told Reuters.
Meanwhile, the search operation to recover the passengers, crew and the airplane's cockpit voice recorder is ongoing.