JAKARTA, Indonesia — The “black field” knowledge recorder from a crashed Lion Air jet exhibits its airspeed indicator malfunctioned on its final 4 flights, investigators stated Monday, just hours after distraught kin of victims confronted the airline’s co-founder at a gathering organized by officials.
Nationwide Transportation Security Committee chairman Soerjanto Tjahjono stated the issue was comparable on each of the four flights, including the deadly flight on Oct. 29 by which the aircraft plunged into the Java Sea minutes after taking off from Jakarta, killing all 189 individuals on board.
Erratic velocity and altitude on the aircraft’s earlier flight, from Denpasar on Bali to Jakarta, have been extensively reported and “once we opened the black field, yes indeed the technical drawback was the airspeed or the velocity of the aircraft,” Tjahjono informed a information conference.
“Knowledge from the black box showed that two flights before Denpasar-Jakarta additionally skilled the identical drawback,” he stated. “Within the black box there have been four flights that experienced issues with the airspeed indicator.”
Indonesian investigators, the aircraft’s producer, Boeing, and the U.S. Nationwide Transportation Security Board are formulating a more specific inspection for Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes related to the airspeed drawback, Tjahjono stated.
“If there are urgent findings to be delivered, we’ll convey them to the operators and to the manufacturer,” he stated.
Lion Air has stated a technical drawback with the jet was fastened after issues with the Bali to Jakarta flight.
Investigator Nurcahyo Utomo stated investigators have to evaluation maintenance data, together with what problems have been reported, what repairs have been achieved together with whether elements have been changed, and the way the repairs have been examined before the 2-month-previous aircraft was declared airworthy.
“Presently we are on the lookout for the reason for drawback,” he stated “Whether the difficulty came from its indicator, its measuring gadget or sensor, or an issue with its pc. That is what we do not know but and we’ll discover it out,” he stated.
At the assembly with relations, Tjahjono had stated that info downloaded from the jet’s flight knowledge recorder was according to stories that the aircraft’s velocity and altitude have been erratic after takeoff on its remaining flight. Searchers are still making an attempt to find the cockpit voice recorder.