Lion Air: Some are looking where to place the blame, others wonder if their pilot can fly their plane

People watch on the beach, as a rescue team prepares their boat before departing to the Lion Air flight JT610 crash site off the coast of Karawang regency, West Java province Indonesia, October 29, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta

The passengers on the Lion Air 610 flight were on board one of Boeing’s newest, most advanced planes.

The pilot and co-pilot of the 737 MAX 8 were more than experienced, with around 11,000 flying hours between them.
The weather conditions were not an issue and the flight was routine.
So what caused that plane to crash into the Java Sea just 13 minutes after takeoff?
More than two weeks after the catastrophe, investigators are still piecing together the clues.
As they do, the focus has turned to Boeing, which allegedly failed to tell pilots about a new system feature implicated in the crash — information that aviation analysts say could have possibly saved the lives of all 189 people on board.
A lawsuit against Boeing related to the crash was filed Thursday. The parents of one passenger sued the company, claiming that the downed plane, a 737 MAX 8, had an unsafe design.
The suit alleges Boeing failed to communicate a new safety feature that hadn’t existed in previous 737s.
Lion Air’s operational director has accused Boeing of withholding information from pilots in the manuals about a safety feature that automatically lowers the airplane’s nose to prevent or exit a stall.
Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg told Fox Business Network on Tuesday that information was available as part of the training manual.
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.”
“We are confident in the safety of the 737 MAX. Safety remains our top priority and is a core value for everyone at Boeing,” the spokesperson said.
CNN has spoken to nine aviation experts, including pilots who fly the 737 MAX 8 planes, about the crash. While they all emphasized that only a complete investigation will give a full picture of what actually happened in the cockpit that morning, all have concluded that, in one way or another, Boeing’s actions fell short — leaving not only the families of the victims shaken, but also the aviation industry.
Boeing declined to comment for this article, referring CNN to its most recent statement cited above.( CNN / IM )
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One thought on “Lion Air: Some are looking where to place the blame, others wonder if their pilot can fly their plane

  1. Perselingkuhan Intelek
    November 22, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    just easy, blame Lion Air. lack of Pilot Further Training for a brand new Air Plane such as Boeing 737-Max8 and lack of Maitenance Proffesionalism Training, for 4 times been Repaired but still Failed and the Stall still happened, 189 dead body’s

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