A Lion Air passenger jet has been involved in another accident - just a week after a plane from the Indonesian airline crashed with the loss of all 189 people on board.
The US Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency airworthiness directive on how to handle erroneous data from a sensor that investigators believe malfunctioned on a new Boeing jet that plunged into the sea in Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.
The Lion Air investigation comes after Indonesia's government ordered an inspection of all Boeing 737 Max 8 planes in the country. 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.
Essentially the Boeing bulletin tells the pilots to follow the manual's instructions.
Exhibiting similar problems, a recently delivered Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 passenger plane crashed into the sea off Jakarta, Indonesia nearly two weeks ago with 189 people onboard.
The night before the fatal crash, the same aircraft had erratic speed and altitude issues during a flight from Bali to Jakarta, it emerged yesterday.
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A Lion Air jet is said to have hit a lamp post just as it was readying for takeoff at the Bengkulu-Fatmawati Soekarno Airport in Indonesia.
On Monday Nov. 5, CNN published an update on the crash investigation from Capt. Nurcahyo Utomo of Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) noting that the FDR review also concluded that the aircraft's airspeed indicator had been malfunctioning on four consecutive flights prior to the crash.
The bulletin combined with statements by Indonesian investigators to suggest that the pilots on the Lion Air 737 Max 8 were battling the plane as its computers commanded a steep dive during its final moments of flight. Capt Mohan Ranganathan, air safety expert, said, "If all AOA sensors are erroneous, it puts a big question mark on the air-worthiness of the aircraft".
The airline said at the time that it had 61 "firm orders" for the planes.
KNKT said it would attempt to reconstruct the jet's last flight using Boeing simulators in Seattle.
Indonesian officials said on Wednesday they would extend by three days the search for bodies.
Divers have recovered one of the two "black boxes" - the flight data recorder - but are still searching for the cockpit voice recorder, in the hope that it will shed more light on the cause of the disaster.