Lion Air jet's airspeed indicator malfunctioned on four flights

Lion Air jet's airspeed indicator malfunctioned on four flights

It did not give more details and did not speculate on how the indicator problem may have played a role in the crash, as it continues to mine the flight recorder - seen as key to answering why a almost brand new plane fell out of the sky.

Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee, with the help of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, has downloaded the previous 69 hours of flight data from the Flight Data Recorder for the planes' last 19 trips.

The damage was revealed after data had been downloaded from the plane's flight data recorder, KNKT chief Soerjanto Tjahjono told reporters, adding that it was asking Boeing and USA authorities what action to take to prevent similar problems on this type of plane around the world.

Investigator Nurcahyo Utomo said investigators need to review maintenance records, including what problems were reported, what repairs were done including whether components were replaced, and how the repairs were tested before the 2-month-old plane was declared airworthy.

"We are formulating, with NTSB (US National Transportation safety board) and Boeing, detailed inspections regarding the airspeed indicator", he said.

The 737 MAX is Boeing's newest and most advanced aircraft series, as well as the company's bestseller.

One of the more than 100 divers working at the crash site has died, CNN reported. That flight on October 28 was just hours before the fatal flight the next morning.

"There was some unusual noise coming from the engine and I could hear it because I was sitting in the window seat of row 22 near the wings", he said, adding that the plane's landing in Jakarta was not smooth either and bounced slightly as the tires touched the runway.

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"The aircraft broke apart under the impact of hitting the water at high speed and it didn't break apart mid-air", Tjahjono said.

The plane's altitude was mostly about 5,000 feet (1,524 meters), but rose and fell repeatedly within a range of a few hundred feet, according to flight-tracking data from FlightRadar24.

A search operation soon found the debris of the plane in the waters off Tanjung Pakis in Karawang, about 70 kilometers east of Jakarta.

Angry relatives confronted Indonesian officials at a conference on Monday.

There are also procedures for pilots to follow in the event of missing data from damaged sensors on the fuselage skin, but it remains unclear how much time the crew of flight JT610 had to respond at the relatively low level at which they were flying. "This incident was caused by human error, whoever that is".

Officials from the navy, search and rescue agency and Lion Air threw wreaths into the sea.

The families of the victims were not so silent, however. "We are trying the best we can with all we have. we are not giving up. These are people's lives", he said, as he sought to choke back tears. All 189 passengers and crew for the Boeing 737 are feared dead after the plane crashed shortly after takeoff as investigators and agencies from around the world continue its week-long search for the main wreckage and cockpit voice recorder which might solve the mystery.

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