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Doomed Lion Air 737 almost crashed one day before tragedy

Doomed Lion Air 737 almost crashed one day before tragedy

The investigation has taken on new significance after an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed on March 10, killing all 157 people on board.

But there was a third person in the cockpit, deadheading pilot, who correctly identified the problem and advised crew on how to disable a malfunctioning flight-control system, Bloomberg reports quoting two sources familiar with the investigation.

What investigators really draw attention to in the report is the airspeed and altitude issues the very same aircraft (PK-LQP) experienced during its four previous flights, particularly the one that preceded the day of the crash.

The suspected problem came under scrutiny again after yet another 737 MAX crash in Ethiopia, which, according to French air accident investigation agency BEA, showed "clear similarities" to the Lion Air disaster.

It said that when the planes entered service, MCAS was capable of moving the tail more than four times farther than was stated in the initial safety analysis document and the evaluation missed the potential impact of the system repeatedly pushing the aircraft's nose down.

Garneau's comments marked a break from protocol, with Canada traditionally working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates the USA commercial airline industry.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said on Tuesday it has asked to audit the Federal Aviation Administration's approval of Boeing's 737 Max 8 planes.

"Safety is the top priority of the Department, and all of us are saddened by the fatalities resulting from the recent accidents involving two Boeing 737-MAX 8 aircraft in Indonesia and Ethiopia, the referral memo from Chao reads".

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About 1,000 children attend the school, police said. "It's a very sad scene, the saddest thing I've seen in my entire life". Latin America's most populous nation has the largest number of annual homicides in the world, but school shootings are rare.

In the case of the Lion Air crash in Indonesia, it has raised questions about whether crew used the correct procedures.

Some U.S. pilots have complained they were unaware of the new system, which is mentioned in the index of the aircraft's full manual but not the text, according to a version seen by Reuters.

A Boeing spokesman declined to comment but confirmed the authenticity of the email. But rather than ground the planes immediately, American officials waited.

Boeing was sued on Wednesday in federal court in Chicago by the estate of one of the Lion Air crash victims in which the plaintiffs referred to the Ethiopian crash to support a wrongful death claim against the company.

Ethiopian Red Cross workers carry a body bag with the remains of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash victims at the scene of a plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia March 12, 2019.

"It's simply implausible that this MCAS deficiency by itself can down a modern jetliner with a trained crew", Guzzetti said.

On the Lion Air flights, the angle-of-attack sensor had failed and was sending erroneous readings indicating the plane's nose was pointed dangerously upward.

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