Indonesia jet had damaged airspeed indicator on last four flights, says official

Indonesia to probe Lion Air after deadly plane crash

Indonesia to probe Lion Air after deadly plane crash

The doomed Lion Air jet's last four flights all had an airspeed indicator problem, according to black-box data, says the head of Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee, Soerjanto Tjahjono.

Boeing has issued an operational update to 737 operators after the Lion Air crash on October 29. "These are people's lives", he said, as he sought to choke back tears. He said a faulty airspeed system might have contributed to the crash, but that based on what we know so far, it shouldn't be considered the cause of the crash.

"Don't let something like this keep happening in Indonesia", he added.

Indonesia has had almost 40 fatal aviation accidents in the past 15 years, according to the Aviation Safety Network.

The ministry had previously removed several Lion Air executives and technicians, saying they were needed to help authorities in the investigation. Its transport safety panel investigated 137 serious aviation incidents from 2012 to 2017.

But he stood and bowed his head after angry and distraught family members demanded that Mr. Kirana, who with his brother Kusnan Kirana founded Lion Air in 1999, identify himself.

The new details - gleaned from a recovered flight data recorder - come after the government said it was launching a "special audit" of the budget carrier's operations.

Boeing, the manufacturer of the 737 MAX 8, and U.S. aviation investigators at the NTSB have been working with Indonesian experts on the analysis of the flight data recorder in Indonesia.

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Fuselage, engines from crashed Lion Air jet found
The problems with it were "just as it circulates on media and social media", he said, referring to accounts of passengers. Indonesian divers reported seeing the main wreckage of the Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea on Monday.

Divers have been retrieving bodies for days, and the search efforts continue.

Cox said that once investigators have all the data, they will work backward to determine if there was a problem with one of the plane's systems or if pilot decisions put the plane in peril.

A relative sprinkles flowers for victims in the crashed Lion Air flight 610 aboard an Indonesia Navy ship in the waters where the aeroplane is believed to have crashed in Tanjung Karawang, Indonesia, on Tuesday.

The second black box on the plane, the cockpit voice recorder, has not yet been found.

The Southeast Asian country's National Transportation Safety Committee, which is charged with finding the cause of the crash that killed 189 people, is collecting data on what happened during the three prior malfunctions and the flight crew's actions prior to the accident, it said in a statement Monday. The plane was only a few months old and had logged a total of 19 flights and 800 flying hours.

As of Monday, 138 body bags containing human remains had been recovered and handed to police for forensic identification, yet only 14 victims had been identified. "These are the things we are trying to find out: what was the damage and how it was fixed".

Tracking company FlightRadar24 checked the records for that flight - JT43, which landed safely in Jakarta - and found irregularities in speed and elevation in the first 11 minutes in the air. "When the plane hit the water, the energy released was extraordinarily large".

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