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Lion Air pilots scoured handbook in minutes before crash

21 March 2019, 12:55 | Tara Lloyd

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Lion Air's Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane

The US Department of Transportation, Congress and the Justice Department are spearheading the inquiries into what the Federal Aviation Administration may have overlooked when it said the aircraft was safe. His presence on that flight, first reported by Bloomberg, was not disclosed in the preliminary report.

Boeing began working on an upgrade to software behind the flight-control system shortly after the Lion Air crash.

Following the Lion Air crash, the FAA required Boeing to notify airlines about the system and Boeing sent a bulletin to all customers flying the Max reminding them how to disable it in an emergency.

The updates are meant to address how the aircraft's flight control system - MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System) - responds to erroneous sensor inputs, the planemaker said https://boeing.mediaroom.com/2019-03-17-Boeing-CEO-Muilenburg-Issues-Statement-on-Ethiopian-Airlines-Flight-302-Accident-Investigation in a statement.

Canada also said it would send a team to help USA authorities evaluate proposed design changes and decide if others were needed.

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Chicago-headquartered Boeing has promised a swift update of software, but regulators in Europe and Canada are shifting away from previous reliance on FAA vetting, saying they will now seek their own guarantees of the MAX planes' safety.

Based on interviews with current and former engineers involved in the evaluations, the newspaper said the safety analysis understated the power of the new flight control system and failed to account for how it might reset itself each time a pilot responded.

The investigation into the final minutes of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 turned on Tuesday to the secrets in the cockpit voice recorder as Boeing and a shaken global aviation industry hung on the outcome.

New computer-based training for pilots will also be offered.

Voice recordings from the cockpit leaked to Reuters showed the first officer reported a "flight control problem" two minutes after taking off from Jakarta, according to a November report.

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"They didn't seem to know the trim was moving down", the third source said.

They continued doing it right until the Boeing plane plunged into the Java Sea.

The manufacturer has said that to handle the situation there is a documented procedure that must be memorized. It draws attention to malfunction of Boeing's new anti-stall system called Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), installed on MAX planes.

Facing such high-profile scrutiny, Boeing reshuffled executives in its commercial airplanes unit to focus on the crash fallout. The FAA is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Near the end, the captain asked the first officer to fly while he checked the manual for a solution.

The pilot reportedly advised the crew to kill the power to a motor that was pointing the aircraft's nose downward.

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